The union of actors of HollywoodSag-Aftra, informed that it reached an agreement with the studios to end the four month strike them, which had “paralyzed” the new productions.
The agreement was accepted unanimously, ending an unprecedented 118-day strike in Hollywood. A while ago, it should be noted, the mobilization of the screenwriterswho achieved significant victories.
The Sag-Aftra, which represents approximately 160,000 industry memberswas demanding better wages and security guarantees regarding the use of artificial intelligence, which is believed to threaten their jobs.
The strike, which has lasted since mid-July, is expected to end – and officially – today, Thursday (9/11), while more details about what was agreed are expected to be announced.
The studios, for their part, declared themselves “pleased” with the developments and emphasized that they “look forward to the industry continuing the work of telling great stories”. They reported that the deal gave Sag-Aftra “the biggest profits (…) in the union’s history.”
In addition to being on strike from acting, all this time the actors did not appear at premieres and other events, while many well-known protagonists descended on the protest marches that were organized.
Among the productions that had stopped filming were “Blade”, “Dune: Part Two” and “Fantastic Four”. Meanwhile, “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars” have been postponed until next year.
The first reactions to the actor-studio deal
Actors seem to have responded positively to the agreement, with Zac Efron to describe her as “incredible”.
The Oscar winner Jamie Lee Curtis wrote on Instagram that “persistence pays off” and in a second post, congratulated the head of the union, Fran Dresser.
The, also an Oscar winner Alec Baldwin he gave “congratulations to everyone who did this great job, on behalf of the members,” in a post on the same medium.
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