Actors and studios have reached an agreement to end strikes in Hollywood.

The Hollywood strike drama is finally coming to an end.

Leaders of major studios have agreed to a new preliminary three-year contract with SAG-AFTRA, the union representing Hollywood actors, stunt performers, voice actors, and dancers. Workers have been on strike since July when they joined the writers' strike. Now, if the performers approve the new contract, Hollywood may soon come back to life.

At Fox Studio in Los Angeles, assistant producer Ellie Palm and SAG-AFTRA actress Desirae Wolfolk are eager to return to work. Mandalit del Barco/NPR "We are very pleased and proud to announce that today your television and theatrical negotiations committee unanimously voted to approve the preliminary agreement with the AMPTP. As of 12:01 Pacific Time on November 9th, our strike is officially suspended, and all picket lines are closed," the union's statement said.

"In a contract worth over one billion dollars," he continued, "we have struck a deal... that includes an increase in minimum compensation 'above scale,' unprecedented consent and compensation provisions that will protect members from AI threats, and it establishes a bonus for participation in streaming for the first time." More detailed information will be available in the coming days.

NOTE: NPR News employees are also members of SAG-AFTRA, but broadcast journalists have a different contract, and we are not on strike.

The contract still needs to be ratified by the union's 160,000 members. They picketed outside studios in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities since the initial contract negotiations broke down (multiple times) with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Film extras specialists feared they would be replaced by artificial intelligence. Hollywood is already conducting body scans. TECHNOLOGY Film extras specialists feared they would be replaced by artificial intelligence. Hollywood is already conducting body scans. The union had demanded an 11% wage increase, increased revenue sharing from successful streaming shows, improved healthcare, and pension benefits. They also wanted to put an end to the practice of actors paying for their self-taped auditions.

Reportedly, one of the final sticking points for performers was protection against the use of artificial intelligence by studios and streamers. For example, actors wanted control over their likeness on screen to prevent unauthorized copying or use without compensation. Supporting actors also complained that studios requested body scans to duplicate them in crowd scenes without the need to pay them more or hire additional actors.

A few hours before the deal was finalized, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav spoke with investors about the negotiations.

"We have made our final and best offer, which meets almost all of the union's goals and includes the highest wage increase in 40 years, and we believe it provides a positive outcome for all parties," he said during the company's earnings call for the third quarter. "We understand that we need our creative partners to feel valued and rewarded, and we look forward to both sides returning to the business of telling great stories."

Hollywood actors declared a strike, stating that studio executives needed to "wake up." POP CULTURE Hollywood actors declared a strike, stating that studio executives needed to "wake up." Many of the demands were similar to those made by members of the Writers Guild of America, who began their strike in May. Writers declared victory when they finally reached a deal with studios and streamers nearly five months later. For the first time, Netflix and other streaming companies agreed to be transparent about their audience data, allowing authors to earn higher income in the event of show success. And AMPTP agreed to wording that protects writers from the use of AI in the writing process, giving them proper credit for their work and allowing writers to determine whether their works can be used for AI training.

WGA negotiators were so confident that writers would approve the deal that they ended their strike on September 27 and allowed writers to return to work before ratifying their contract. Many of them continued to support picket lines.

"I am deeply grateful, especially to WGA members who joined us even after we signed the contract," said actress Margarita Franco at a picket line near Fox Studios on Wednesday. "It's been tough. A lot of people are facing financial hardships, especially those below the line... I've been a working-class actress since 1984 and made a living from it. I'm a single mom. I could make a living until the last couple of years when streamers came along. Then I had to take on two or three side jobs. This labor movement is starting because people are tired of not making enough to live, to survive."

Double strikes in Hollywood halted almost all production (except for some independent films and TV shows unrelated to AMPTP, which agreed to higher pay and protection). Almost everyone in front of and behind the camera has been out of work for several months, although other union members supported the strike. Without actors able to promote their work, studios postponed the premieres of many films and series.

Negotiations proved contentious; at first, studio leaders seemed unwilling to compromise. Meanwhile, actors and writers complained that they couldn't earn a living wage and wanted to share in the profits. After Disney CEO Bob Iger appeared on television, saying that writers were "unrealistic" in their demands, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher called him an "ignoramus."

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