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Screen Actors Guild (SAG) - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Stike is Over

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The End of the SAG-AFTRA Strike: A New Chapter for Actors and Studios

After 118 days of a tense standoff, the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike has come to a conclusion. The actors' union and the major Hollywood studios have reached a tentative agreement, signaling a significant turn of events in what was a months-long production freeze.

The Resolution

The SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee approved a tentative deal with the major studios, which would put an end to the almost four-month-long work stoppage. This development has been met with relief and a sense of victory among actors, with sentiments reflecting the hard work and perseverance that went into securing a deal that met their needs.

The Deal

Details of the agreement have not been fully disclosed, but it is clear that the deal was hard-won. The actors stood firm on their demands, and the studios have come to the table with a proposal that was acceptable to the union's negotiating committee. This agreement sets the stage for actors to return to work and for the industry to pick up the momentum it lost during the strike.

What's Next?

With the strike ending, the focus now shifts to the ratification of the deal by the union members and the resumption of normal operations in the film and TV industry. The production freeze affected many, from actors to crew members, and its end is a welcome change.

The Historic Nature of the Strike

This strike has been noted as the longest actors strike against the major studios in Hollywood history. Its conclusion marks a historic moment for labor relations in the entertainment industry.

Sources and Further Reading

For those interested in the detailed coverage of the strike and its resolution, the following sources offer in-depth information:

  1. Actors react to SAG-AFTRA strike ending: 'We worked hard ... didn't cave ... got the deal we needed'
  2. SAG-AFTRA and the studios just reached a deal to end the actors' strike. What's next?
  3. SAG-AFTRA reaches tentative agreement with Hollywood studios in a move to end nearly 4-month strike
  4. SAG-AFTRA Approves Deal to End Historic Strike
  5. Hollywood On Tenterhooks: Imminent Deal Looks Dim As SAG-AFTRA Continues To Study Latest Studio Offer

The end of the SAG-AFTRA strike is a pivotal moment for the entertainment industry, promising a return to creative endeavors and a new chapter in the relationship between actors and studios.

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The Writers' Strike That Preceded the SAG-AFTRA Strike

Before the SAG-AFTRA strike came to an end, Hollywood had already witnessed the conclusion of another significant labor dispute: the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. This strike was a pivotal moment for the industry, as it addressed key issues related to the digital era and the use of artificial intelligence in content creation.

The Writers' Strike Resolution

The Writers Guild of America, representing Hollywood screenwriters, reached an agreement with the studios on a new three-year contract, known as a "minimum basic agreement," which officially ended at 12:01 a.m. PT on September 27. The agreement came after months of negotiations and was a significant step toward reviving the industry, which had been virtually paralyzed.

Key Demands and Achievements

The WGA's demands were similar to those of SAG-AFTRA, focusing on stricter protections against the use of artificial intelligence, higher base compensation, and a bigger cut of streaming profits. The resolution of the writers' strike was a victory for the union, as it managed to secure an 11 percent wage increase, higher residuals tied to the success of streaming shows, better healthcare and retirement benefits, and an end to the practice of having writers pay for their own self-recorded auditions.

One of the final sticking points, which was crucial for the writers, was protections from the use of artificial intelligence by the studios and streamers. The writers sought control over their work, ensuring they receive credit and the ability to determine if their writing can be used to train AI.

Impact on Hollywood

The dual strikes of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA had virtually shut down Hollywood, halting production on a wide range of projects and causing major studios to postpone the release of several completed films. The labor stoppages also placed many actors and writers in financially precarious situations.

Looking Forward

The end of the WGA strike, followed by the SAG-AFTRA strike resolution, marks a significant moment in Hollywood's history. It reflects the industry's ongoing struggle to adapt to the digital era, manage the decline of traditional broadcast viewership, and address the rise of AI technologies, which many in the creative field view as an existential threat.

For more detailed coverage on the WGA strike and its resolution, you can refer to the following sources:

  1. NBC News Article on the Tentative Agreement
  2. NPR Coverage of the Hollywood Strikes Ending

The information provided is based on the current data available, and further details may be released in the coming days. The resolution of these strikes is a testament to the resilience and solidarity of the creative community in the face of industry-wide challenges.

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A lot of what this Means is that Streaming can't be so Cheap, maybe they can Continue with the same Prices, but one of the Arguments was that Writers and Others aren't getting the Pay they would from Streaming Services, as they would from TV Stations Paying to Re-Run a TV Show. The Streaming has actually Lowered income v. Traditional Media. So, like a Tariff, a Tax, this Money going to these Actors and Writers and Everything, will come from the Person Paying to see the Content. So, this may Mean that Streaming becomes more Expensive, but, Theoretically, if we look at say Tubi, they Stream for Free and make Enough to Fund New Movies with Actors that are not SAG-AFTRA, or weren't before they got in a Tubi Original Movie (SAG Approved Movies make SAG Members, if you are an Extra in 2 Films they then have to give you membership, you Pay dues, and they have to keep getting you Jobs). So what this gets to is how People Vote with their Feet People say, or Vote with their Wallet, if you go to Tubi because they have the Best Movies, then they make more Money, and Theoretically they can Charge more. So, Theoretically with the Strikes Ending, there should be Better Movies and TV Shows Coming out. And with Better Content, there should be an Ability to Charge more. So it may all Happen in a Non-Disruptive way.

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