SAG-AFTRA Strike Is Over as Actors, Studios Reach Tentative Deal
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After 118 days, the SAG-AFTRA strike has come to an end. On Wednesday, Deadline reported that the union had reached a tentative deal with studios on a new contract. The strike officially ended at 12:01 PT on Thursday.
SAG-AFTRA Strike Is Over as Union Reaches Deal
This year marked the first time in over 60 years that both writers and actors were in strike on Hollywood. The WGA strike ended in September, after 148 days. But the actors continued to strike for more than a month after that.
On Wednesday afternoon, the guild’s 17-member negotiating committee unanimously voted in favor of recommending a tentative deal to the SAG-AFTRA board. Details about the deal are expected to be revealed on Friday.
If the board signs off on the deal, Deadline reports that eligible members of the guild will vote to ratify the agreement. Actors could be back to work very soon. Meanwhile, the WGA members ratified their own deal on October 9.
The Union Released a Statement About the Deal
On Wednesday night, SAG-AFTRA released a statement on social media about the tentative deal with the studios, adding, “We will be in touch in the coming days with information about celebration gatherings around the country.”
The statement goes on to say that the new contract is “valued at over one billion dollars,” adding that the deal “includes ‘above-pattern’ minimum compensation increases, unprecedented provisions for consent and compensation that will protect members from the threat of AI, and for the first time establishes a streaming participation bonus.”
The deal also includes a significant raise on pension and health caps, as well as “outsize compensation increases for background performers, and critical contract provisions protecting diverse communities.”
SAG-AFTRA thanked their “union siblings … for the sacrifices they have made while supporting our strike and that of the Writers Guild of America.” They added, “We stand together in solidarity and will be there for you when you need us.”