Striking actors are reviewing Hollywood and TV studios’ ‘best and final offer’

Nov 4, 2023, 6:20 PM

FILE: Hollywood actors have reached a tentative agreement with the major film and television studio...

FILE: Hollywood actors have reached a tentative agreement with the major film and television studios to end a strike, according to a person familiar with the matter. Members of SAG-AFTRA, the Hollywood actors union, have ratified a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents major studios and streamers, the union said on Tuesday. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(CNN) — A deal to resolve film and television actors’ 113-day strike could be imminent, as the union representing them said it is reviewing Hollywood and TV studios’ final offer.

The negotiating committee for the SAG-AFTRA union on Saturday said it received a “last, best and final offer” from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, whose members include Disney, Netflix, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros. Discovery. Warner Bros. Discovery in the parent company of CNN.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN that the heads of the major studios met virtually with the actors’ guild negotiating committee on Saturday to discuss the latest offer.

“We are reviewing it and considering our response within the context of the critical issues addressed in our proposals,” the union said in a statement.

It’s not clear that a deal will be reached. The union and studio executives have been meeting on and off for months with many promising developments and disappointing setbacks along the way.

SAG-AFTRA actors walked off the set on July 14, joining the striking writers in a historic double walkout against the studios — the first time the writers and actors had simultaneously been on strike in more than 60 years. Both the actors and writers fought for updated deals that better paid them for shows and movies on streaming services. They both demanded better benefits and wanted restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence, a technology that actors and writers alike believe poses an existential threat to their livelihoods.

Deal may not end the strike

Even if a deal is reached soon, it would not necessarily end the strike. The deal would still need to be ratified by members of the 160,000 union before it goes into effect, and many unions across multiple industries have been voting down contracts in recent months.

An online petition signed by more than 5,000 members recently urged the union to take a hard line in negotiations toward a final deal, saying they would not agree to a deal that did not meet the demands laid out at the start of the strike.

But some of Hollywood’s most famous stars have been eager to get back on set. George Clooney, Tyler Perry and other A-list actors offered to pay millions more in union dues to help end the strike, a source with knowledge of the proposal previously told CNN.

The SAG-AFTRA union’s demand for an 11% wage increase in the first year of the proposed contract term has been a major impediment to a resolution: The studios had agreed to a 5% pay raise. In recent days, the union suggested the studio and the negotiators were getting closer on some key issues but remained far apart on others.

Disney’s Bob Iger, Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, and NBC Universal’s Donna Langley have been directly involved in negotiations.

KSL 5 TV Live


People gather at the site of a landslide in Maip Mulitaka in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province on Fr...

Heather Chen, Alex Stambaugh, Edward Szekeres and Manveena Suri, CNN

More than 100 feared dead in remote region of Papua New Guinea hit by deadly landslide

More than 100 people are feared dead in a remote village in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea after a landslide flattened homes and buried people alive while they were sleeping, officials said Friday.

21 hours ago

Workers stock shelves at an Amazon Fresh grocery store in Seattle, Washington, on May 2.
Mandatory ...

Parija Kavilanz, CNN

Amazon is slashing prices on 4,000 grocery items, joining Target and Walmart

Amazon Fresh has joined the growing ranks of retailers that are cutting prices. It will be discounting thousands of grocery items.

22 hours ago

Couple stands among children **This image is for use with this specific article only**...


American missionary couple killed by gang in Haiti, family says

A married couple from the US who were serving as missionaries in Haiti were killed there on Thursday, family members said.

24 hours ago

The RNC convention which will take place at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee in July accuses Secret Servic...

Steve Contorno and Kristen Holmes, CNN

RNC and Secret Service escalate dispute over security at Milwaukee convention

The RNC is accusing the Secret Service of ignoring security concerns around its July Milwaukee convention.

2 days ago

This undated photo taken by Colombia's Anthropology and History Institute shows sunken remains from...

Heather Chen and Michael Rios, CNN

Colombia launches expedition to explore 300-year-old Spanish shipwreck filled with sunken treasure

Colombia has launched an underwater expedition to explore a Spanish warship that sank in the Caribbean 300 years ago.

2 days ago

Families in Tennessee will soon be able to receive free diapers through a Medicaid program.

Sara Smart and Dalia Faheid, CNN

Tennessee’s Medicaid program to be the first to provide free diapers for infants and 1-year-olds

Tennessee’s Medicaid program will in a few months provide free diapers for covered children under the age of 2.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Striking actors are reviewing Hollywood and TV studios’ ‘best and final offer’