SAG-AFTRA after a historic 118-day strike that began on July 14, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), representing major studios and streamers such as Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Amazon. This development signals the end of the strike, allowing actors to return to work on TV shows and movies.
Impact of the Strike
Approximately 60,000 union members were impacted by the strike, and the union membership is set to vote on the deal in the coming days. This agreement will likely enable broadcast networks to salvage part of the 2023-24 TV season by airing new episodes of scripted series as early as February. Additionally, movie production can resume to replenish the depleted pipeline.
Strike Developments: SAG-AFTRA
The strike, which initially began without negotiations, saw SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP first meet on October 2, but discussions broke down on October 11. Bargaining resumed on October 24, with key executives from four Hollywood studios participating in efforts to reach an agreement.
Union’s Demands and Studio Resistance
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher expressed the union’s willingness to endure a long strike to achieve various demands. These demands included higher actor salaries, tying actors’ compensation to the success of their shows and movies on streaming services, and protections against the use of Artificial Intelligence and digital replicas of actors. However, studios initially resisted many of these requests.
End of Dual Strikes: SAG-AFTRA
While the strike primarily affected actors, the dual strikes by actors and writers disrupted Hollywood’s movie and TV production throughout the summer and fall. The Writers Guild of America reached a deal with the AMPTP, enabling some TV shows like “Saturday Night Live” and daytime and late-night talk shows to return to the air.
Details of the Agreement
Details of the tentative actors’ deal have yet to be disclosed.
This agreement signals the end of a significant labor dispute in Hollywood and allows the industry to resume its regular operations.