The Actors' Strike Is Over

SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP have finally reached a tentative deal on a new three-year contract

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 9, 2023

After 118 days on the picket line, the actors guild is officially no longer on strike.

Yesterday (November 8), the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached a tentative deal on a new three-year contract that could see Hollywood finally up and running again in the coming weeks. SAG-AFTRA called off the strike just after midnight this morning.

It's been over seven months of labour unrest since SAG-AFTRA joined the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for their first joint strike in over 60 years in July, effectively bringing Hollywood to a halt. The writers' strike, which began in early May, ended in late September.

As per Deadline, specific details about the deal SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP have reached are expected to come to light tomorrow (November 10) when the agreement goes to the board. Actors like Succession's Sarah Snook are primarily concerned about regulating the "terrifying" use of AI in film, as well as wage increases to match inflation.

Less than a month ago, AMPTP suspended negotiations with the actors' guild because they believed SAG-AFTRA's negotiators were asking for too much. The studios seem to have since realized that they were running out of time to save the broadcast season and the 2024 summer movie slate.

The 160,000-member actors guild will vote to ratify the new agreement if the board signs off on the deal. With the strike being brought to an end before the vote has been completed, production will likely be able to restart quickly after the delay of the Emmys, as well as blockbusters like Dune: Part Two and the new season of Stranger Things.

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