Film and television musicians marked the launch of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ on Nov. 12 with a large rally outside the company’s Burbank studios to demand a fair contract for streaming that includes residuals, set wages, and screen credits.
More than 50 musicians arrived from a double-decker Starline tour bus draped with a huge #BandTogether banner to perform a live street concert outside Disney’s gates. We rallied along with colleagues and allies from fellow entertainment unions including the Animation Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600.
The rise of streaming services like Disney+ marks a shift toward a new business model for film and television, along with an unnecessary and unwarranted effort by major studios to decimate musicians' livelihoods in the process.
The Disney+ rally follows a number of recent actions in New York and Los Angeles as part of the musicians’ grassroots #BandTogether campaign, including visiting studio executives at their homes, impromptu concerts outside events honoring studio executives, picketing Disney CEO Bob Iger’s book signings, and rallies with elected leaders.
“Disney, Disney you can’t hide, we can see your greedy side!” Today as Disney launches its new streaming service Disney+, musicians are calling on the studios to sign a fair contract for streaming that includes residuals, set wages & screen credits. #BandTogether #DisneyPlusfail pic.twitter.com/hRzCxJL0VF— AFM Local 47 (@AFMLocal47) November 12, 2019