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The Actors Enter the Strike Abyss 

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.
SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. Photo: Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
July 14, 2023

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the national executive director of SAG-AFTRA and chief negotiator for its collective bargaining agreement, was front and center today alongside SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher as the 160,000-member guild went on strike alongside the Writers Guild, grinding Hollywood to a dual-strike standstill for the first time since 1960. After a truly historic day, Crabtree-Ireland jumped on a Zoom with me to discuss how the guild ended up here, its forthcoming plans, and what the studio C.E.O.s had to say about specific proposals. This conversation is edited for length and clarity.