IATSE and AMPTP Have Started Negotiations on AI and More

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have commenced negotiations. The issues these negotiations are covering include pensions, heath contributions, wage increases, and perhaps most critically — the role of artificial intelligence. 

According to Variety, the choices made in these negotiations will impact the 13 IATSE local unions that work under the same Basic Agreement, which amounts to approximately 50,000 members. Members of other locals, such as the Teamsters Local 399, will also be impacted by these negotiations.

A ‘disruptive factor’

It looks like artificial intelligence is also set to be a disruptive factor both in production and post-production. But it’s difficult to predict exactly what will happen next. 

Still, Variety says that “it’s worth keeping an eye” on AI’s potential impact on the two biggest IATSE local groups: the International Cinematographers Guild, and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. These two groups have 10,236 and 9,375 members, respectively.

These two groups are the most important due to their respective size. Which is why their votes will have the most power.

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