Aaron Paul, well known for playing Jesse Pinkman in the popular television series Breaking Bad, spoke candidly about a major problem affecting performers in the digital age: the failure to receive recompense for streams of their work on websites like Netflix. The recent SAG-AFTRA strike, which has highlighted the difficulties performers confront in altering the entertainment industry, is centered on this issue. When actor’s performances are repeated or broadcasted on television networks, performers typically receive residuals, which are effective incentives. However, the disruption of this conventional approach by streaming services has led to concerns about just remuneration.
Despite Breaking Bad’s sustained popularity on Netflix, Paul admitted that he doesn’t receive any of the platform’s money. He told Entertainment Tonight Canada, “I don’t get a piece from Netflix on Breaking Bad if we’re being totally honest, and that’s insane to me. Shows live forever on these streamers, and it goes through waves. I just saw the other day that Breaking Bad was trending on Netflix. I think a lot of these streamers, they know that they have been getting away with not paying people a fair wage, and now it’s time to pony up. And that’s just one of the things that we’re fighting for.”
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are just a few examples of streaming services that have completely changed how people watch entertainment. These platforms, in contrast to conventional linear networks, provide content eternally, which brings in a considerable sum of money for streaming corporations. The actors and creators who were essential to the success of the content are occasionally not fairly compensated with this money. Paul’s sentiments are echoed in his plea for a fair recompense, this issue is faced by many worldwide upstarting actors and actresses,