LOS ANGELES — Did you miss your favorite actors? They are returning after almost four months of strike.
Wednesdays Deal between striking actors and studios and streaming services Filming will not be back in full swing immediately. This will take months.
But the tentative agreement – which both sides say contains extraordinary provisions – means more than six months of industrial action in the film and television industry is coming to an end. Tens of thousands of entertainment workers could soon return to work. And beloved franchises like Deadpool, Abbott Elementary and The Last of Us will be one step closer to returning to the big screen.
Hollywood loves a happy ending. The actors’ strike agreement could ensure this – although there is still the possibility of the strike continuing in the coming months.
Here’s some of what will happen next:
So is the actors’ strike really over?
Picket lines are being lifted and the only rallies on the horizon are the celebratory ones promised by the actors’ union.
There are a few steps that need to be completed before the deal becomes official. On Friday, the national board of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will review the agreement and could approve it. The details of the agreement will then be published and the full members of the Guild will vote on it.
Off-camera employees affected by the actors’ strike receive help with food drivesFood distribution events and other efforts are underway to help truck drivers, mechanics and others affected by the Hollywood strike who are not members of the actors’ union.
But when the striking screenwriters, who began picketing on May 2, reached their agreement in September, their guild allowed writing to resume before full ratification of the contract was complete.
Although it is possible that these votes could derail the deal, the union’s negotiating committee unanimously approved the deal and called off the picketing.
WHAT’S IN THE OFFER?
The exact terms of the contract will not be announced until later this week, but some highlights are known.
The union says the deal is worth more than $1 billion and that they have “reached a deal of extraordinary scope” that includes salary increases, consent protections for the use of artificial intelligence and actor images, and a new “streaming participation bonus “ includes.
The studios’ negotiating department also says the deal contains historic provisions. The Association of Film and Television Producers said Wednesday that the “interim agreement represents a new paradigm.”
It says the companies are “giving SAG-AFTRA the largest contractual gains in the union’s history, including the largest minimum wage increase in the last forty years, a new streaming programming balance, comprehensive consent and compensation.” Protections at Use of artificial intelligence and significant contract increases for items across the board.”
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, executive director and chief negotiator for SAG-AFTRA, told The Associated Press that the long strike was worth it because of the profits.
“It is an agreement our members can be proud of. I’m definitely very proud of it,” Crabtree-Ireland told the AP in an interview.
What will be filmed first?
The strike put an immediate end to “Deadpool 3,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, as well as the sequel to Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.” These are likely to be the first films to resume production.
The resolution of the writers’ strike allowed script work to resume on series such as “Abbott Elementary”, “The White Lotus” and “Yellowjackets”. That head start could help get these productions back on the air more quickly once their stars are cleared to work.
Television moves faster than films, which still go through a lengthy editing and promotional process after filming ends.
In recent weeks, more and more shows and films have announced delays – Kevin Costner’s final episodes of “Yellowstone” won’t air until next November and the next “Mission: Impossible” film has also had its release delayed.
What other changes will I see after the strike ends?
Actors, many more actors, will talk about their work again. The lively premieres with their stars will also take place again.
Movies like “Killers of the Flower Moon” and this week’s big release, “The Marvels,” had no stars promoting the film. Strike rules prohibit actors from promoting work done for major studios, which prevented Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson and many other actors from giving interviews.
That has denied many cast members, like Lily Gladstone, the breakout star of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” big celebratory moments.
Exceptions were granted for some projects, such as Michael Mann’s upcoming racing drama “Ferrari”. This allowed stars Adam Driver and Patrick Dempsey to attend the Venice Film Festival – and also allowed Dempsey to do an interview with People in which he was named Sexiest Man Alive.
But as Hollywood heads into awards season, expect more glamorous red carpet shots and celebrity interviews.
What about awards season?
Well, it’s definitely back up and running, and it’ll be charged.
One of the fallout from the double whammy was that the Emmy Awards were postponed from September to January. He now joins the Grammys, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Oscars in Hollywood’s traditional awards season. These shows will all air between January 15th and March 10th.
Plans for the Emmys and SAG Awards, which will air on Netflix, were in jeopardy as the strike moved closer to 2024.
Still in limbo are the Golden Globe Awards, which are trying to reinvent themselves after years of scandal but do not yet have a US broadcast partner.
After two major attacks, what’s next?
Another actors’ strike – this one by video game actors – is possible. Negotiations on this contract are ongoing, but a strike has been authorized.
Actors working on video games range from voice actors to stunt performers. They have also expressed concerns about the use of artificial intelligence in their industry.
The studios will also negotiate with stagehands and their guild, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, in 2024. From building sets to controlling lighting to creating effects, IATSE members are vital to film and television production. They have been badly affected by the halt in filming and have been picketing to support the writers and actors.
A key element behind the actors’ and writers’ strikes was how much streaming has upended the industry, which could also be a crucial point in negotiations with stagehands.
And other sectors of the industry have moved to unionize during this year’s strikes. Some reality TV workers are calling for a union, while visual effects artists working on Marvel films have voted to join the IATSE.