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The Hollywood actors’ union has successfully negotiated a tentative deal with major studios, concluding the extensive strikes that disrupted numerous film and television productions.
Announced on Thursday, the preliminary agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) involves key media companies like Netflix, Paramount, and Walt Disney. The deal encompasses a new three-year contract, estimated to be worth over $1 billion, and includes salary increases and a novel provision for “streaming participation.”
In a Friday news conference, SAG-AFTRA’s executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland revealed that the union’s board members approved the agreement with an 86 percent vote. He emphasized that the deal ensures the sustainability of the motion picture industry for working-class performers. Among the contract’s final negotiating points was the control of artificial intelligence in production. “AI was a dealbreaker,” SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher stated.
The contract now mandates that actors be compensated equivalently for AI usage in projects they are already involved in, with new permissions required for using an actor’s likeness in new projects.
Additional contract terms include the establishment of a fund compensating performers for future streaming views of their work, wage increases, and the implementation of intimacy coordinators on sets for scenes involving nudity.
Hollywood’s production is set to resume at full capacity after union members ratify the contract in the upcoming weeks. The contract will go to a vote among the actor union’s members starting Tuesday and continuing through December. This development follows the resolution of the writers’ union strike in late September, marking a significant turnaround for Hollywood’s creative industry.