Now, with actors joining forces with writers, Hollywood is forced to shut down due to the stalled negotiations, CNBC reported.
Iger said, “There’s a level of expectation that they have, that is just not realistic. And they are adding to the set of the challenges that this business is already facing that is, quite frankly, very disruptive.” He did attempt to temper his comments, explaining that, “I understand any labor organization’s desire to work on behalf of its members to get the most compensation and be compensated fairly based on the value that they deliver,” Iger said.
Iger’s comments come just days an unnamed studio exec told Deadline that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ answer to the strike is “let it bleed out,” including waiting until writers lose their homes to return to the bargaining table.
Why it matters:
We all understand that there are two sides in any strike, and both parties want to get the most advantageous deal they can. In that respect, Iger’s comments are not surprising.
However, knocking the writers for not being “realistic” about their expectations ring hollow when Iger is on track to earn about $27 million this year.
Yes, Iger did include more measured comments, explaining he understood the union wants to get the most compensation for members. However, he’s a savvy and experienced enough executive to know that the most sensational parts of his interview will be used in headlines and tweets, while the moderating comments will be left deep inside articles.
The timing of his aloof comments weren’t helped by the timing of the cutthroat comments in the Deadline article, which had already riled many in the industry, which all build sympathy for the striking parties in the public eye.
Relations between companies and unions are usually contentious by their very nature. But playing out these issues in the media can often backfire on executives, as they give the appearance of bullying. Yes, advocate for your shareholders and your business interests. But remember that the pithiest, bluntest part of your quotes will show up in headlines and social media posts, no matter how carefully you try to temper them.
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Sherri Kolade is a writer at Ragan Communications. When she is not with her family, she enjoys watching Alfred Hitchcock-style films, reading and building an authentically curated life that includes more than occasionally finding something deliciously fried. Follow her on LinkedIn. Have a great PR story idea? Email her at email@example.com.