Photo: Chilean Actors on Strike
Hundreds of Chilean performers have organized a march in support of a law that grants them the right to monetary retribution for re-runs of television shows. The actors guild of Chile, Chileactores, said they will strike until the studios sit down to discussions.
The law 20.243 orders studios to compensate actors not only for the first time an episode airs, but for every time it is run.
Chilean actors went on strike at 8:30 in the morning of Thursday. Protesters marched from the Bellavista area of Santiago, where TVN, Canal 13 and Chilevisión are located, to the Montecarmelo Cultural Center where they were joined by members of the public and other performers not currently involved in TV.
“Chileactores knows the economic reality of telenovelas,” said Hernan Trivedi, a lawyer for the TVN channel. “Obviously they (the TV Stations) could not exist if they paid what the actors are asking, which is 2 percent of each channel’s gross profit, nearly equivalent to the total cost of producing a telenovela.”
Chilevisión officials said, “Chileactores is trying to ignore their current contract and impose their own fee.”
The television channels are concerned and unsure of just how much the strike will cost them in terms of lost revenue from unused studio space rentals and maintaining other staff that is not on strike.
The actors’ guild hopes to involve other workers in the arts and entertainment industry.
“This is not just for television actors. It’s a law that covers us all, the movies, video stores, dancers. It is an audiovisual law in general,” said Claudio Arredondo, the vice-president of Chileactores, who added that the studios’ behavior had made striking the only viable alternative; there are disputes that have remained unsolved for over a year and a half.
Patricio Gonzalez, director of the popular telenovela “Infiltradas,” said the actors warned him they would be unavailable for work. “Fortunately it’s not too complicated because we have a lag of two weeks between recording and broadcasting, so we have a cushion of shows.”