SAG-AFTRA Union Approves Contract, Ending Hollywood Studios Strike

The Sag-Aftra union has successfully approved its contract with Hollywood studios., bringing an end to the historic strike that had disrupted the film and television industry for nearly a month. 

The agreement reached between Sag-Aftra and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) includes significant gains for actors.

According to the union, the deal is valued at over $1 billion and has been praised for its “extraordinary scope.” 

Members of Sag-Aftra, which consists of approximately 160,000 workers, voted with an overwhelming majority of 78% in favor of the contract.

The new agreement provides actors with pay increases, safeguards against the use of artificial intelligence (AI), and bonuses related to streaming. 

Background actors will see an immediate 11% wage increase, while others will receive a 7% wage increase. 

These wage hikes come as a welcome relief for industry workers who faced financial challenges during the strike.

One of the notable wins for Sag-Aftra in the contract is the inclusion of provisions for AI usage. Studios are now required to obtain an actor’s consent before creating a digital replica of them.

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Hollywood Contract Ratified

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The Sag-Aftra union has successfully approved its contract with Hollywood studios., bringing an end to the historic strike that had disrupted the film and television industry for nearly a month.

Additionally, actors will be compensated based on the work performed by their digital replicas on-screen. Background performers will also be protected from the use of their digital replicas without consent.

The agreement also introduces a $40 million fund to ensure that performers receive payment for future viewings of their work on streaming platforms. It mandates the presence of intimacy coordinators for scenes involving nudity or sex, aiming to create a safer working environment. 

Furthermore, the contract addresses long-standing concerns of racist practices in Hollywood’s hair and makeup departments by including terms to ensure proper hair and makeup for performers of all backgrounds.

The strike, which lasted for an extended period, was the longest work stoppage ever experienced by US film and television actors. 

The writers’ strike, which occurred at once, also secured comparable measures from recording studios. 

The effective end of both strikes represents an important result for the entertainment sector and establishes a pathway towards a future filled with fairness and safety for its employees.

With the contract now ratified, the film and television industry can resume its normal operations, allowing for the production of highly anticipated projects and the return of beloved shows to screens worldwide.

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