The U.S. actors’ union SAG-AFTRA has ended its months-long strike after reaching a “tentative deal” with Hollywood studios that includes provisions to protect actors from the “threat of AI.” The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced the end of the strike in a Twitter thread, announcing that the TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee had voted unanimously to approve a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the trade association representing the Hollywood studios.
“In a contract valued at over one billion dollars, we have achieved a deal of extraordinary scope that includes ‘above-pattern’ minimum compensation increases, unprecedented provisions for consent and compensation that will protect members from the threat of AI,” SAG-AFTRA wrote. While exact details of the agreement won’t be revealed until it has been reviewed by the SAG-AFTRA National Board, reports earlier this week indicated that the studios had offered concessions around AI regulation following a “last, best, and final offer” to the actors’ guild on Saturday.
The clause would have allowed studios to use those scans after the actor’s death, without the consent of their estate or the union. SAG-AFTRA sought to secure compensation for the reuse of the scans, as well as consent. With the strike resolved, production could resume as soon as the start of 2024, following months of disruption to film and television production that’s seen the 2024 release calendar thrown into disarray.
This is good news for the actors’ union and Hollywood studios, as the strike has been successfully resolved with both sides compromising to reach a deal that ensures the protection of actors from the threat of AI. The strike has caused disruption to film and television production, but with the tentative deal reached, production could resume as soon as the start of 2024. #ActorsStrike #SAGAFTRA #AMPTP #AIProtection
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