Fran Drescher and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland joins SAG-AFTRA and WGA Members and Supporters as they walk the picket line in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike at the Warner Bros. Studio on July 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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SAG-AFTRA to Meet with AMPTP on October 2 Following End of Writers Strike



Fran Drescher and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland joins SAG-AFTRA and WGA Members and Supporters as they walk the picket line in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike at the Warner Bros. Studio on July 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

SAG-AFTRA and The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will meet to resume negotiations on a new contract for the first time since the actors went on strike back on July 14. The return to the negotiating table comes just days after the studios reached a tentative deal with the Writers Guild of America.

The studios and actors jointly announced that the two sides will meet on October 2, and several executives from AMPTP companies will also be present.

The WGA’s new minimum basic agreement with the studios should provide a baseline for talks that could in theory speed things along between the actors and studios. The writers won raises to minimums, a new residuals formula for shows and movies on streaming, and even protections on the use of artificial intelligence.

But SAG-AFTRA has many demands that are specific to the needs of actors. The guild wants added protections or minimums for background actors and stunt performers. It also wants regulations on self-taped auditions. And its concerns as it pertains to AI are much more complicated than even the writers had to deal with, and that was the one area that held up the writers’ contract talks late into the weekend back on September 24.

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The studios and WGA also agreed to a 5 percent raise in the first year of the contract, but SAG-AFTRA in its negotiations originally asked for an 11 percent raise, believing that less would not keep up with rising inflation costs. The studios could balk at going above what was ultimately agreed upon by the writers.

It could take several more weeks of negotiations before a deal is tentatively reached and a vote is called to end the actors strike, and many industry prognosticators are already predicting early November or Thanksgiving as a potential date when production will start up in earnest.

It took 148 days before the WGA strike finally came to an end. That only came after three rigorous days of bargaining in which Bob Iger, Ted Sarandos, Donna Langley, and David Zaslav all met with the WGA negotiating committee to buckle down on a deal. And though many writers scoffed at the idea of a “best and final” offer from the studios, it was expected that if a deal wasn’t reached at that time, the studios might shift their focus to SAG-AFTRA.

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