The US performers union, SAG-AFTRA, has now suspended its strike after reaching a “tentative agreement” with the US producers’ body, AMPTP.

The SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee voted unanimously yesterday to approve a tentative agreement with the AMPTP and all strikes and picketing have now been called off.

The union said that in a contract valued at $1bn, “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, and for the first time establishes a streaming participation bonus. Our Pension & Health caps have been substantially raised, which will bring much needed value to our plans. In addition, the deal includes numerous improvements for multiple categories including outsize compensation increases for background performers, and critical contract provisions protecting diverse communities.”

Full details of the agreement will be provided when the tentative agreement is reviewed by the SAG-AFTRA National Board.

UK film and TV union, Bectu, welcomed the news with head of the union, Philippa Childs, saying “We congratulate our SAG-AFTRA colleagues on their determination in holding out for a deal that meets their objectives. We wholeheartedly welcome this news after what has been and incredibly difficult period for our members, and the whole UK film and TV industry.

“I want to pay tribute to Bectu members for weathering this unprecedented time and showing solidarity to their fellow trade unionists in the US. It cannot be understated how much UK film and TV workers have suffered at the hands of the AMPTP’s failure to reach an acceptable agreement with SAG-AFTRA. This news will come as a huge relief and provide some hope after months and months of instability.

“Our members are highly skilled, talented professionals and the backbone of our film and TV sector, and we look forward to them getting back to work as soon as possible.”

Jon Creamer

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