With the recent and historic merger of the two major acting unions (SAG and AFTRA) I’m wondering if this will impact daytime soaps in any way. Most specifically I’m wondering if this would result in daytime soaps being honored in any way with categories at the SAG Awards?
If you following NLG on Twitter, you’ll get the interpretation that the whole AFTRA part of this merger is still not equal to the SAG part in terms of benefits, stature, etc.
I don’t think they will ever have a daytime category for the awards, b/c that would lead to the possibility of the other parts of AFTRA wanting their own categories. IDK why they didn’t have their own awards before the merger?
My understanding was always that the majority of daytime actors were not memebers of SAG, but were represented instead by AFTRA. I assumed, maybe incorrectly that once the merger happened that daytime actors would be added to the SAG awards or at the very least acknowledged in some way as now being members of SAG.
If you watched the SAG awards last night it was shameful that during the entire presentation touting this new merger there was not a single mention of daytime soap opera actors. They were not visiable during the montage of SAG-AFTRA represented people, where actors from TV and Film, journalists and musicians were all shown. Soap operas were totally ignored.