HBO will continue to pay actors despite the Coronavirus Hollywood shut down.
Netflix decided to pay actors minimum guarantees for actors who were put on hold before they were set to go into production. But, Netflix’s deal with actors is reportedly very generous, and very few studios are willing to pay actors when they are not working.
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According to Deadline, HBO will follow in Netflix’s’s footsteps and pay actors during the Coronavirus related Hollywood shutdown. The terms of the compensation have not been revealed. However, Deadline reports there is a pushback between SAG-AFTRA and studio labor executives. “I hear studios” labor executives have been arguing that the delayed production start is de facto a hiatus and actors should not be paid, some also invoking the time limit they have on series regulars paid over $20,000 an episode. “
Deadline adds, “I hear that SAG-AFTRA does not agree with the hiatus argument and the union has been actively involved in the situation, seeking remedies for the union’s members and threatening to file grievances if the issue is not resolved.”
In a statement by a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson to Deadline, “We are in ongoing discussions with the industry about working through the consequences of the production shutdown, but are not going to comment about the details of those discussions while they are still happening.”