SAG-AFTRA Extends Actors’ Contract

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing film and television actors is extending its contract with film and television studios, taking it day-by-day as the two sides work toward a new three-year deal.

Earlier this week, the union said it would ask its members to vote on whether to strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (ATPMP), if there was no deal by June 30. The Los Angeles Times reports that it is unclear whether the referendum has gone to members. On its website, the union has posted a “save the date” notice for informational meetings in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Chicago next week “should a strike authorization vote be needed.” At this writing, no meeting has been scheduled in Los Angeles.

Variety reports there are indications the two sides have made progress on some issues, including travel allowances and “compensation for high-budget productions for streaming services.”

Actors have not gone on strike since 1980. That walkout lasted three months. If there is a walkout this year, it could interfere with fall shows, many of which are beginning production.

Earlier this year, the ATPMP faced a potential strike by writers, before reaching a new deal with the Writers’ Guild of America.

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