SAG-AFTRA reaches tentative deal with studios to end historic strike
Members of the SAG-AFTRA union stand on the Culver Studios picket line. SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers came to a tentative agreement Wednesday. (Julia Zhou/Assistant Photo editor)
Nov. 8, 2023 6:14 p.m.
This post was updated Nov. 12 at 7:50 p.m.
SAG-AFTRA reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with major studios Wednesday afternoon.
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is the largest labor union that represents and advocates for performers and broadcasters, promoting the rights and safety of 160,000 members. The contract would be three years long and would effectively end the longest actors strike in Hollywood, which began July 14 following attempted negotiations to increase wages amid inflation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The contract needs to be ratified by the union’s board and members before it can go into effect, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Some actors had also expressed concerns about artificial intelligence replacing their positions by replicating images and voices.
“In a unanimous vote this afternoon, The SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Committee approved a tentative agreement with the AMPTP bringing an end to the 118 day strike,” the union said in a statement featured in the LA Times. “The strike officially ends at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 9.”
Upon striking, SAG-AFTRA members joined the Writers Guild of America in its first dual strike since 1960, according to the LA Times. The writers reached an agreement with the AMPTP to end their strike in September.