Squid Game’s rise to fame has had fans eager for more Netflix Originals. A Korean wave spurred by the show has brought similar K-Dramas and movies to the screens of international subscribers. In this article, Eugene Jang explores the foundations of such originals and the disruptive nature of streaming services on the larger film industry.
Although most Americans may not be too familiar with IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), the works its members do, from lighting in motion pictures to broadcasting sports events, is central to American culture. IATSE is a labor union consisting of multiple locals and divisions, representing tens of thousands of workers. The COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down nearly every Hollywood production, proved the necessity of worker negotiations and rights. Many craftspeople lost their jobs or were put in unsafe conditions. Now, as more and more members return to work, they’re fighting for better set environments than pre-pandemic.