Appearing on “CBS Mornings” Tuesday, the film and TV mogul, who recently signed a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix, made his first public comments on the strike after co-signing a proposal sent to SAG-AFTRA brass in October calling for a revised residuals structure and removing the cap on union dues. Perry reminded that SAG-AFTRA is only negotiating a three-year contract, noting that prolonging the strike may only present a challenge in future and inevitable dealings.
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“Here I am, a studio head and an owner of a streamer, but also understanding how it is for the working actor,” Perry said (via Variety). “I get what we’re fighting for … I paid Cicely Tyson $1 million for one day of work because when actors get to a certain age, they’re pretty much discarded. Taraji P. Henson talks about me paying her $500,000 years ago to set her quote. I recently paid two Black women who have been in the business for 25 years $1 million, even when their agents were asking for less than half of that, because I understand the working actor.”
But, Perry continued, “I also understand as we’re looking at all of this. … Fran Drescher and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland and the whole negotiating committee has done a fantastic job moving this forward. They have gotten this way further than anyone thought we could get it. … But it’s really important to know when we’ve won. This is only a three-year deal. In two years [or] two and a half years, we’ll be re-negotiating again. So we have to know when we have won for now. That’s the thing. For now! If I had run my business trying to get everything at once, I wouldn’t be here. I’ve got as much as I can for now, and let’s see what we can do next.”
SAG-AFTRA received a “last, best, and final” from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over the weekend but the groups have yet to agree on a contract. SAG-AFTRA leaders and the negotiating are set to meet once again on Tuesday afternoon, with issues surrounding A.I. pending.
Watch Perry’s full “CBS Mornings” appearance here.
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