Part of the Actors Guild of America’s (AFP) “Victory” celebrations
Sunday 12 November 2023 / 12:00
Following difficult negotiations with Hollywood studios, the Actors Guild of America welcomed new restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence, after a historic strike that paralyzed the industry for months, with the deal guaranteeing “artist protection”. Technology forever.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) this week reached an agreement with major studios like Disney and Netflix to end its strike, which has lasted nearly 4 months. On Friday, its board of directors voted 86% in favor of the agreement, which must now be ratified by members.
The union won a 7% increase in the minimum wage and $40 million in new funding annually, which aims to return a portion of the proceeds of successful productions to actors.
But concerns about the use of artificial intelligence have created a major new element in these negotiations.
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, a negotiator for the SAG-AFTRA union, said during a press conference Friday that the agreement “allows us to restart the industry’s wheels without blocking artificial intelligence,” “but it guarantees the safety of artists.”
“Their right to consent is protected, as is their right to work and receive fair wages,” he added.
In recent years, artificial intelligence has allowed studios to bring realistic digital versions to the screen, or use computer-generated background silhouettes to reduce extraneous figures in film scenes.
In an effort to cut costs, many manufacturers want to focus on artificial intelligence. Some have begun asking for “body scans” to copy actors’ movements and expressions, often without explaining how or when the images will be used.
Under the contract, the actor would receive the same income as if he had done the same “work” himself using his digital copy, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland explained.
As for the additional features in the business, according to Crabtree-Ireland, “no digital copy can be used to avoid payment by involving a second-tier agent”.
Studios must obtain consent from the actor or rights holders for every use of their digital copy. The contract must provide a “reasonably accurate description” of how the copy will be used.
This is the first time that artificial intelligence technology has been part of the requirements of SAG-AFTRA, which renegotiates its contract with studios roughly every three years.
According to union president Fran Trescher, “a year is three months in the world of artificial intelligence” so it’s important to address this issue.
“If we didn’t get these guarantees, what would have happened in three years?” the former star of “The Nanny” asked during a press conference on Friday.
“We always strive to achieve something but never achieve it,” he added.
Another controversial topic surrounding artificial intelligence: the use of “fake actors” described by the special magazine “Variety” as “mutant” creatures or “digital Frankensteins”, which are actually digital versions of real actors made from different body parts.
“If you use Brad Pitt’s smile and Jennifer Aniston’s eyes, they both have the right to be endorsed,” Duncan Crabtree-Ireland told Variety.
He pointed out that studios here also now have to get express consent from each actor involved, and that his wages can be negotiated through the SAG-AFTRA union.
Fran Tresher stressed that artificial intelligence was a “crucial element” in the negotiations, stressing that the new rules are aimed at supporting workers in many industries in the entertainment industry in addition to actors.
“In the virtual world, there is no need for hair and makeup artists, drivers and interior designers,” he said.
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland took the opportunity to urge politicians to make regulating AI a “priority”. He promised that the union would advocate for “legislative initiatives” and be “strongly engaged” in protecting the rights of “every person” like actors.
Dublin bid farewell to “The Bucks” singer Shane McGowan
Crowds lined the streets of the Irish capital Dublin to pay their respects to Irish musician Shane McGowan, who died last week aged 65.
McGowan, the lead singer of country punk band The Boguss, died on November 30, prompting an outpouring of tributes.
Thousands clapped and cheered as his casket was carried through town in a horse-drawn carriage, led by members of the Art Band, a touring group of young musicians who played some of McGowan’s songs, including “Fairtiles of New York” and “A Rainy.” Night in Soho.”
McGowan has been hospitalized several times in Dublin since July.
The late singer co-wrote the classic Christmas song “Fairytale of New York” with Kirsty McCall in 1987. As the memorial procession passed, a song about a couple going through hard times was played, and the audience reacted, clapping and singing along to the chorus.
McGowan was born in England in 1957 to Irish parents, and in 1982, he founded “The Bugs”, a band that combined punk and Irish folk music. From former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s policies and imposed censorship authorities.
McGowan was known for his songs that reflected the lives of the Irish and their immigrants.
“Shane will be one of the greatest songwriters ever,” said Irish President Michael T. Higgins said in a statement that his songs were “well-written poems”.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar described McGowan as a “wonderful musician and artist”.
The Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi and the Michelin Guide are launching the first food festival
The Michelin Guide, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, organized its first food festival at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Gardens in the cultural district of Saadiyat Island as part of the Culinary Season activities in Abu Dhabi. “Saidati” went with his camera to the Louvre Gardens in Abu Dhabi to cover the event.
In the warmth of the Louvre garden
The Michelin Guide Food Festival in Abu Dhabi brings together chefs from 16 Michelin Guide restaurants under the theme of “Discover the Art of Taste”, featuring event-exclusive dishes, “Chef’s Table” demonstrations, cooking classes and a global Michelin Market and local agricultural crops.
We are delighted to offer this wonderful experience to culinary lovers in the heart of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Gardens. Discover the most delicious specialty foods, and the art of living in Abu Dhabi. The festival showcases the scale of international stardom.” “Michelin brings together talents from different cultures and showcases different culinary styles. . All these establishments have distinguished their destinations and wowed the guided visitors who represent gastronomic expertise.
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Distribution of Michelin Awards
After that, Michelin awards were distributed to restaurants and winning chefs by the cartoon character of the Michelin guide, where they were classified according to the quality of the food in the restaurants and the skill of the chef: they were: Quoc Hua (Hakkasan, Chinese Kitchen, one Michelin star, Abu Dhabi), and Luigi. , 1 Michelin Star, Abu Dhabi), and Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation, 2 Michelin Stars, Innovative Cuisine, Hong Kong ), and Heidi Birkin (Credo, Scandinavian Cuisine, 1 Michelin Star, Green Michelin Star, Trondheim).
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Importance of flavors
On the first day of the festival, the importance of flavors in shaping the features and identity of unique dishes was highlighted, restaurants reserved their places in the Louvre Gardens and served food to the participants, whose number exceeded 500. An experience that combines the most intelligent culinary arts and the highest quality. Each chef has created a menu inspired by his or her own region’s favorite cuisine, taking visitors on a world-class culinary tour through the heart of Abu Dhabi.
“Women Dressing Women”…a look at the art of women’s clothing in the 20th century
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is dedicating its new fashion exhibition to female designers, breaking some stereotypes and shining a light on those who don’t get enough attention.
Although she designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress in 1953, Anne Lowe’s dress, a pioneering African-American designer, is one of the most prominent pieces participating in the “Women Wear Women” exhibit.
With 80 pieces by 70 fashion designers, the exhibition offers a glimpse into women’s couture from the 20th century to the present, and environmental advocacy messages from designers such as Gabriela Horst and Hilary Taymor.
The story of many female designers began in the sewing workshops where women were usually sent, but many of them left their mark at the beginning of the 20th century, including French designers Madeleine Vionnet, Jean Lanvin and Gabrielle Chanel.
The company delved into its collection, which includes 33,000 pieces representing seven centuries of clothing, selecting dresses designed by Elsa Chiaparelli, Nina Ricci and Vivienne Westwood.
The exhibition will be further highlighted during the museum’s flagship fashion exhibition “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” in spring 2024, where it will showcase rare and highly fragile pieces.
The extensive exhibition includes around 250 garments and accessories spanning four centuries, including 33,000 pieces, from a 17th-century embroidered jacket to an Alexander McQueen spring Seychelles dress from the Fashion Institute’s extensive archives. and the Summer 2001 Collection.
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