Striking Hollywood actors agree ‘$1bn deal’ with studios
The Sag-Aftra union said it reached an agreement of “extraordinary scope” with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers, in a unanimous vote.
The strike, which has caused huge disruption to Hollywood productions since it began on July 14, officially ended yesterday.
It had been backed by A-list stars including George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, Margot Robbie and Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy.
Full details of the deal will not be announced until the “tentative agreement” is reviewed by the union’s national board today.
Sag-Aftra said the £813million contract hammered out between the sides included protection from AI and a deal over the streaming of programmes as well as “unprecedented provisions for consent and compensation”.
A union statement said: “We have arrived at a contract that will enable Sag-Aftra members from every category to build sustainable careers.
“Many thousands of performers now and into the future will benefit from this work.”
The AMPTP said the agreement represented a “new paradigm”. It said: “It gives Sag-Aftra the biggest contract-on-contract gains in the history of the union, including the largest increase in minimum wages in the last 40 years; a brand new residual for streaming programmes; extensive consent and compensation protections in the use of artificial intelligence; and sizeable contract increases on items across the board.”
The AMPTP added it “looks forward to the industry resuming the work of telling great stories”.
The deal came after the union, which represents about 160,000 people in the industry, spent days deliberating over “essential” items, including AI.
The walkout brought Hollywood to a near-standstill for months.
In September, the Writers Guild of America, which has more than 11,000 members, agreed a deal with studio bosses after taking to the picket line for 146 days.
Sag-Aftra added: “We also thank our union siblings – the workers that power this industry – for the sacrifices they have made while supporting our strike and that of the Writers Guild of America.”
It pledged “We stand together in solidarity and will be there for you when you need us.
“Thank you all for your dedication, your commitment and your solidarity throughout this strike.
“It is because of you that these improvements became possible.”