A-list actors contribute to a fund for entertainment professionals who are currently on strike, including Meryl Streep, Oprah, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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- A-list actors like George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Meryl Streep have generously donated $1 million or more to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Emergency Assistance Program.
- The donations will provide financial support to entertainment professionals who are currently without income because of the strike, helping them with essential expenses such as rent and food.
- This solidarity among actors demonstrates their commitment to securing fair compensation, reasonable streaming residuals, and regulation of artificial intelligence in the entertainment industry.
A-list actors have donated large sums to entertainment professionals during the SAG-AFTRA strike. The Screen Actors Guild went on strike beginning July 14, when negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) stalled and failed to produce a new contract that secured fair compensation, reasonable streaming residuals, and regulation of AI. This was followed by actors joining the picket lines alongside the Writers Guild of America (WGA), who have been on strike since May 2 while facing similar issues with the AMPTP.
Per TheWrap, quite a few A-list stars have donated $1 million or more to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Emergency Assistance Program. This helps distribute money to performers who are temporarily without income due to struck productions, allowing them to pay for rent, food, and any other necessary expenses. The stars who have donated to the fund at the million dollar level include George and Amal Clooney, Luciana and Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey.
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