After 118 days, the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and major Hollywood studios have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, ending the second major strike to hit the entertainment industry in 2023.

The agreement, which was unanimously approved by SAG-AFTRA’s negotiating committee, includes a number of key provisions, including:

  • Increases in minimum salaries for actors, stunt performers, and other covered workers
  • A new bonus paid by streaming services for workers who appear in their productions
  • Improved health and pension benefits
  • Stronger protections against sexual harassment and discrimination

The strike began on August 2, 2023, after SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. The strike had a significant impact on the entertainment industry, as it halted production on many film and television projects.

The tentative agreement will now be put to a vote by SAG-AFTRA’s members. If approved, the strike will end immediately and production on many projects will resume.

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher praised the tentative agreement in a statement, saying, “This is a victory for working actors and performers everywhere. We stood up for what we believe in, and we won.”

AMPTP President Charles Rivkin also praised the agreement, saying, “We are pleased to have reached this tentative agreement with SAG-AFTRA. We believe that this contract will benefit both the studios and the workers we represent.”

The strike is the latest in a series of labor disputes in the entertainment industry. In May, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike for 103 days before reaching a tentative agreement with the AMPTP.

The strikes have highlighted the growing tension between workers and studios in the streaming era. As streaming services continue to grow in popularity, they are demanding more content from studios. This has led to increased pressure on workers to produce more content for less pay.

The tentative agreement between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP is a significant victory for workers, but it is likely to be just the beginning of the next chapter in the ongoing battle between workers and studios in the streaming era.

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