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It's Over! SAG-AFTRA Approves Deal to End Historic 118-Day Strike

It's Over! SAG-AFTRA Approves Deal to End Historic 118-Day Strike

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Actors can go back to work as the strike ends at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.

After 118 days the SAG-AFTRA strike has come to an end. Negotiators have agreed to a tentative deal that will end the longest actors' strike in Hollywood history.

The announcement from the negotiators said the 118-day strike would end at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, according to Variety.

The agreement was approved unanimously. It will now go to the SAG-AFTRA national board for approval on Friday.

Negotiators have spent days putting together the final deal. It will reportedly include protections against AI and significant pay increases.

Full details of the deal are expected to be known on Friday after the national vote, Variety reports.

A stickler in negotiations has been AI. However, SAG-AFTRA’s top negotiator, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, met with the CEO of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Carol Lombardini, in a virtual meeting Wednesday and hammered out the remaining concerns.

Union members will still vote on accepting the deal. Outlets note that this could take a week or longer. However, because the strike is over on Thursday morning, actors can start back at work Thursday as well.

Studios had warned that if a deal wasn’t met soon, the 2023-23 television season would essentially be gone.

Variety reports that the longest actors strike before this one occurred in 1980 and lasted 95 days.

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