SAG-AFTRA negotiators have approved a tentative agreement with Hollywood studios.
On Wednesday, November 8, SAG-AFTRA announced that the union’s strike would be ending at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.
“After 118 days on strike, we are set to change the future of our industry with a transformative contract that includes gains for every category of SAG-AFTRA member who works this contract,” the statement reads.
“This revolutionary agreement achieves major breakthroughs in addressing compensation via residuals and protections from generative artificial intelligence technology, while reaffirming the role human performers play in the production of film, television and streaming entertainment.”
SAG-AFTRA members will still have to vote on whether to accept the deal, but reactions have been overwhelmingly positive so far.
“Ready to work now that the strike is over! Congratulations and thank you to our @sagaftra negotiating committee! Proud to stand in solidarity with all SAG members over the last 118 days,” Octavia Spencer, star of The Help and Hidden Figures, wrote on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Zac Efron, Harris Dickinson, and Jeremy Allen White found out about the news while attending the premiere of The Iron Claw. The union granted them an exemption from the strike so the cast could promote the film.
“That’s amazing!” White said, after an Entertainment Tonight reporter told him the strike was over. “It makes me feel incredible. I don’t know the details of the deal but I’m sure that SAG got what we wanted and I’m so happy for our crews.”
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher also went to social media to celebrate. “We did it!!!! The Billion+ $ Deal! 3X the last contract! New ground was broke everywhere!”
Before this year, the longest actors strike in Hollywood’s history went on for 95 days in 1980.
Banner image via Instagram @officialfrandrescher.