- SAG-AFTRA is set to resume negotiations with the studios next week, signaling progress towards bringing movies and TV shows back into production in Hollywood.
- After a 148-day strike, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached an agreement this week, setting a positive precedent for SAG-AFTRA’s upcoming negotiations.
- SAG-AFTRA officially announced on their website that bargaining will commence on October 2, expressing gratitude for the support and solidarity shown during the 76-day strike and encouraging continued picket line participation.
SAG-AFTRA is set to officially resume negotiations with the studios next week, bringing Hollywood closer to getting movies and TV shows back in production. 2023 has been one of the biggest years for Hollywood as the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA both went on strike earlier this year to fight for better deals from the studios. As of this week, the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers finally reached a deal after the writers strike went on for 148 days.
It didn’t take long for the world to speculate on how long it would be until SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP would finally return to the table for negotiations. Thankfully, it appears that is happening sooner than expected, as SAG-AFTRA officially announced on their website that they will be meeting for “bargaining” on Monday, October 2. They gave the following statement:
SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP will meet for bargaining on Monday, Oct. 2. Several executives from AMPTP member companies will be in attendance.
As negotiations proceed, we will report any substantiative updates directly to you.
We appreciate the incredible displays of solidarity and support from all of you over the last 76 days of this strike.
We urge you to continue coming out to the picket lines in strength and big numbers every day!
One Day Longer. One Day Stronger.
Your TV/Theatrical/Streaming Negotiating Committee
How The WGA’s Strike Ended & What It Means For The Actors
The final stages of the writers strike started on Wednesday, September 20 when it was announced by the WGA that the AMPTP was finally ready to negotiate. Over the next few days, they continued to provide updates on their talks, which stretched into the weekend. On Sunday, September 24, it was officially confirmed by the WGA that they had reached a tentative agreement, with contracts set to be finalized sometime after.
On Tuesday, September 26, the WGA presented the details of the new contract, sharing what they had agreed with the AMPTP, and confirmed the writers strike is over. With writers now able to resume work for TV shows and movies, it will allow the actors to have material ready for them once SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP work out their deal. However, just like with the WGA negotiating, just because SAG-AFTRA is meeting with them on Monday doesn’t mean that a new contract will be agreed upon on the same day.
Given that the AMPTP finally wants to get back to negotiation with SAG-AFTRA, it likely serves as a sign that they want this strike to end too. It wouldn’t be shocking if their talks went on for a couple of days too before anything is finalized. Hopefully, SAG-AFTRA will be able to get an agreement to give them fair deals that will allow Hollywood to start getting back to normal.