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Striking Hollywood actors are reviewing ‘last, best and final offer’ from studios, says SAG-AFTRA union

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Nov 05, 2023 07:32 AM IST

SAG-AFTRA members walked off the job in July to demand higher compensation in streaming TV era along with protections around the use of artificial intelligence.

Negotiators representing Hollywood actors are considering a new proposal that major studios described as their "last, best and final offer" to end a four-month-long strike, the SAG-AFTRA union said on Saturday. SAG-AFTRA members walked off the job in July to demand higher compensation in the streaming TV era plus protections around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other gains. Also read: Mission Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two pushed to 2025 amid actors strike

SAG-AFTRA members walk the picket line on the 100th day of their ongoing strike outside Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California.(REUTERS)
SAG-AFTRA members walk the picket line on the 100th day of their ongoing strike outside Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California.(REUTERS)

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents Walt Disney, Netflix and other companies, presented its latest offer on Saturday, SAG-AFTRA leadership said in an update to members. "We are reviewing it and considering our response within the context of the critical issues addressed in our proposals," the union said. A representative for the AMPTP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Earlier this week, union leaders expressed "cautious optimism" that a deal could be reached soon but also said there were gaps between the two sides on various issues including the use of AI. Actors are seeking assurances that their digital likenesses will not be used without their permission.

The work stoppage, along with a Writers Guild of America strike that ended in September, has cost the California economy at least $6 billion, according to a Milken Institute estimate. Most scripted film and television production remains on hold.

Last week, the actors union had said that they remain far apart with studios on key issues. “While talks over the past week have been productive, we remain far apart on key issues, the union said in an update to its members. I don't think we can put a timeline on it at this point,” SAG-AFTRA's chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland had told Reuters.

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