Over the past year, our viewing consumption habits have changed a lot. We spent months indoors streaming everything — including new release films — largely through new media platforms like Netflix and Disney Plus. These new production models have drastically changed box office results, profit models, and production budgets that reverberate across the industry — affecting every member of film crews so profoundly that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is voting this week to potentially authorize the first industry-wide strike in the history of cinema. For this week’s episode Monica, Hannah and Katya are joined by labor historian Sean O’Brien and LA-based costume designer Elissa Alcala to discuss the terms and implications of the potential IATSE strike, the often invisible labor behind film and television production, and the ways this potential union strike points at a nationwide problem across labor markets across all industries. Join us, listen, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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Citations and Links:
- This episode’s Call for Comments
- Sign the IATSE Support Petition
- “IATSE Preparing Its Members For Possible Strike Or Lockout” by David Robb
- “Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, Urges Members To Authorize Strike” by David Robb
- Higher Ed Labor United
- “Nabisco Workers End Weekslong Strike After Reaching New Contract“
- Look up the laborers behind your favorite series: https://www.imdb.com
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