The 118-day long actors’ strike, the longest in Hollywood history, officially ended 12:01 this morning. The deal was approved via unanimous vote yesterday, and that tentative agreement will now go to the national board of SAG-AFTRA tomorrow for their approval.
Both sides have been wheeling and dealing over the last several days, finishing up the details on the deal. Reportedly it includes protections for actors against Artificial Intelligence along with an almost 7% increase in pay. That’s two percent more than either the Writers Guild of America or the Directors Guild of America were able to negotiate.
As for when the actors can finally get back to work...it looks like broadcast TV series will get back up and running first since those are the most urgent. Series will begin prepping immediately. Deadline reports that each series will need 3-6 weeks for prep and pre-production, so, keeping in mind that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, filming could begin by the end of November or beginning of December.