• The SAG-AFTRA strike has ended after 118 days, with a new tentative deal reached with the AMPTP
• The new contract includes compensation increases, provisions for AI protection, and a streaming participation bonus
• Celebrities, including Zac Efron, Octavia Spencer, and others, have been reacting positively to the deal, with many expressing happiness and gratitude
Here is what happened:
After 118 days, the SAG-AFTRA strike is finally coming to an end, as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has reached a tentative deal with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on a new contract. The performers union announced that the strike is officially suspended as of 12:01am PT on November 9 and all picket locations are closed. The contract is valued at over $1 billion and includes ‘above-pattern’ minimum compensation increases, unique provisions to protect members from the threat of AI, and establishes a streaming participation bonus for the first time.
Many TV and film actors have reacted with joy and relief to the end of the strike, with Zac Efron expressing his happiness at the premiere of The Iron Claw, a film previously granted an exemption from the strike so that the cast could promote it. Other stars, including Octavia Spencer, Mandy Moore, and Fran Drescher, also expressed their gratitude to the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee and pride in standing in solidarity with their union members over the last 118 days. The news was welcomed by industry professionals, with Matt Winkelmeyer reporting celebratory posts from stars such as Jack Quaid, Daniel Dae Kim, Nia Vardalos, and more.
The long-awaited agreement brought an end to the longest actors strike in Hollywood history, and many celebrities were thrilled to see their fellow actors and sisters unions fight for and secure the right deal. With the strike now resolved, the industry can finally get back to work, prompting a positive and hopeful outlook among performers and industry professionals alike. The end of the strike was a cause for celebration as it marked a historic moment for SAG-AFTRA members and the film and television industry.