Adam Driver Calls Out Netflix and Amazon for SAG-AFTRA Discrepancies

Actor Adam Driver's Insights on Industry Dynamics Amid Festival

by Zain ul Abedin
Adam Driver Calls Out Netflix and Amazon for SAG-AFTRA Discrepancies
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At the Venice Film Festival press conference for the film "Ferrari," actor Adam Driver voiced his concerns regarding Amazon and Netflix's refusal to adhere to the terms set forth by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

Addressing the issue of his participation in the festival amidst ongoing writers' and actors' strikes, Driver emphasized, "I am honored to be present here as a visual representation of a film that stands apart from the AMPTP and to champion the SAG leadership directive, which serves as an effective interim measure." Driver further inquired, "Another aspect we need to consider is why smaller distribution companies like Neon and STX International can readily embrace the ambitious requisites outlined by SAG, even before formal negotiations.

Yet, industry giants like Netflix and Amazon appear reluctant?"

SAG-AFTRA Backs Aligned Productions

He continued by stating, "With every instance of SAG endorsing films that align with the stipulations of the interim agreement, it becomes increasingly apparent that they are committed to supporting their collaborative partners, while others seem unwilling." Ahead of the festival, SAG-AFTRA granted provisional agreements to specific productions, allowing them to proceed with promotional activities for their films.

In order to secure these provisional accords, film producers and distributors must maintain autonomy from entities affiliated with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). They must also embrace the conditions outlined by SAG-AFTRA in its negotiations with AMPTP.

This requirement applies not only to "Ferrari" but also to other premieres at the Venice Film Festival, such as "Priscilla." "Ferrari," directed by Michael Mann, delves into a pivotal year in the life of Enzo Ferrari, with Driver portraying the automobile mogul.

The star-studded cast includes Patrick Dempsey, Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon, Gabriel Leone, and Jack O'Connell, alongside Penélope Cruz. As Driver's comments resonate within the industry, the spotlight intensifies on the negotiations between major streaming platforms and SAG-AFTRA, prompting a broader conversation about equitable terms for all involved parties.