Hollywood has ground to a halt with actors and writers striking simultaneously for the first time in more than 60 years. But if you’ve ever sat through the closing credits, you’ll know that it takes more than acting and a screenplay to make a movie.
Tens of thousands of directors, camera operators, lighting designers and others represented by an array of different unions aren’t on strike. They can only watch and wait as SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America members press to improve working conditions and the division of profits in an industry upended by streaming.
Here’s a glimpse at who is and isn’t on the picket line.
Workers on strike
SAG-AFTRA (160,000 members):
Writers Guild of America (20,000 members):
Comedy variety writers
Game show writers
Daytime drama writers
Workers not on strike
Directors Guild of America (19,000 members):
Unit production managers
International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees (45,000-50,000 members):
Directors of photography
Teamsters (6,500 members):
Visual effects supervisors and technicians