“I deserve to get paid for every fucking stream I get” is essentially the rallying cry, courtesy of Kimiko Glenn, of the 2023 Hollywood strikes.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) are currently under work stoppage orders after failed negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) over compensation for streaming, artificial intelligence and more current problems.
‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Glenn posted a Tick tock video exposing a salary discrepancy between actors on the hit Netflix series and a lack of residuals on future streams.
“People were still bartenders. People still had their side jobs,” Glenn said. “They were fucking famous as shit, internationally famous, they couldn’t go out, but they had to keep their side jobs because they couldn’t afford it.
She added of the lack of residue, “My boobs live forever. I deserve to get paid for all the fucking streams that shit gets.
‘Gilmore Girls’ actor Sean Gunn also spoke up Chirping on how the cast of the series didn’t share Netflix “doesn’t pay” residuals with the actors, clarifying the comments made in a previous interview with THR in which he explained his reasoning for protesting Netflix.
“Apparently I didn’t notice that my residuals aren’t paid for by Netflix, but are actually paid for by the production company, Warner Bros.,” Gunn said in the video. Gunn’s brother is James Gunn, an executive at Warner Bros. Discovery and co-CEO of DC Studios.
Gunn continued, “OK, first of all, I’ve never used the word residue in my interview. That’s not the important thing. What’s important is that the whole point of my interview is that Netflix doesn’t pay residuals to actors, so there’s no sharing in the success of a show with Netflix. It’s true that they pay a license fee with Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. then pays the residuals out of that license fee, which is a very small amount, particularly for a show that’s been off the air for a long time. But when the show is a huge hit and they’re generating millions of dollars in profits for Netflix, we don’t share any of that, largely because there’s no transparency with their numbers. But in reality it is about fairness for all. We just want to make sure we have a fair deal. If a show is a hit, we should participate in it. Seems entirely reasonable.
Jana Schmieding, actress of “Rutherford Falls” and “Reservation Dogs”. tweeted screenshots of his remaining payments for both series as an example of the salary discrepancy on streamers. For FX’s “Reservation Dogs” he received 3 cents. For “Rutherford Falls,” she earned $33.
“For fans of my character Bev on ‘Reservation Dogs,’ here’s a peek behind the IHS counter at what part of my residuals appear to be starring in a show I love,” she captioned. “I raise $0.03 every quarter for UNLIMITED worldwide streams on fx/hulu/DISNEY. And Iger is on a sailboat.
After announcing the work stoppage Thursday, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher slammed Disney CEO Bob Iger’s dismissive comments about the strike, calling his statement “terribly repugnant and out of this world, downright jarring.”
“It’s so obvious that he has no idea what’s really going on in the field with people who work hard and don’t make anywhere near the salary they’re making,” Drescher said. “High seven figures, eight figures, this is crazy money they make and they don’t care if they’re land barons from a medieval era.”