Studios reach deal with Hollywood unions to avert strike

The tentative deal makes it unlikely that another big strike will take place.

The union representing behind-the-scenes film and television crews, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, has reached a tentative three-year deal with studios for about 50,000 members.

The agreement includes pay hikes, artificial intelligence protections, and is subject to member approval through voting.


The big picture: The deal affects 50,000 crew members from 13 different West Coast-based union locals, including various roles like art directors, set painters, editors, camera technicians, costume designers, hair stylists and make-up artists.

  • A separate agreement that impacts about 20,000 crew members across the country is still under negotiation.

The backstory: Previous strikes and labor turmoil in Hollywood heightened fears of work stoppages in 2024, but this tentative deal with studios has reduced concerns.

Driving the news: The deal was reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing major entities like Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Amazon Prime.

  • Details of the agreement include new AI protections, scale rate increases over the three-year term, triple time pay for exceeding 15 hours of work in a day and studio payments to help with the union’s health insurance budget shortfall.
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