Actors’ union members have approved a deal with film studios, ending a four-month strike in Hollywood. 78 percent of trade unionists agreed to the three-year contract, the AP agency reported today. The actor’s protest, along with the writers’ strike, crippled the American entertainment industry this year.
Union representatives agreed to end the strike with studio owners almost a month ago, but all roughly 160,000 members of the SAG-AFTRA union have since had the opportunity to vote on the contract. On Tuesday, the organization announced the final approval of the agreement.
“This contract is a big win for working actors and marks the dawn of a new era in the (film) industry,” the union said in a statement on the X Network.
According to the AP, however, unlike the enthusiastic and near-unanimous support of the striking writers’ earlier agreement, the actors’ unions were far from united. Some prominent members tried to convince their colleagues to reject the contract.
The actors’ strike, like the screenwriters’ strike, was related to pay conditions while working for streaming services. According to the artists, these are significantly worse than traditional TV productions. Both protests were also fueled by concerns about human labor being replaced by content generated by artificial intelligence (AI). Actors were concerned that studios could manipulate their likenesses or replace human actors with digital images thanks to AI advances.