Susie Duff

Susie Duff

Member at Screen Actors Guild Inc

Location:
5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite PH1, Los Angeles, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(323) 954-1600

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High drama in Hollywood: Strikes ahead?

Everyone's talking about it, worried about what it means for the industry, what it means for the city and what it means for them, personally, says Susie Duff, a member of the Screen Actors Guild.The reason : At stake is from $ 250 million to $ 1 billion a month in income and services, as well as the movies-and-TV diet the rest of the US is fed from now through 2002.There is even serious talk that Hollywood could go all but dark this summer, holding serious implications for the state economy - already threatened with electricity shortages.At issue is money, specifically the formulas by which writers are paid for cable and foreign TV.There are also disputes about what percentages writers deserve from Internet ventures, video, and DVD sales of their work, and about a slew of smaller issues, from creative rights and script reacquisition to how writers are credited.It is the livelihood of rank-and-file union members like Ms. Duff, a Shakespearean-trained actress who must work half time in public relations to supplement her income from acting in small parts on TV, movies, and commercials.If you think that I sweated it out for years, studying acting in dangerous neighborhoods on Manhattan's Lower East Side so I could be the spokeswoman for TidyBowl, think again, says Duff.The local economy is bracing for what could be a major ripple effect beyond producers, writers, and actors to stunt men and members of other craft guilds - from electricians to carpenters, grips, and costumers.

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