SAG-AFTRA Negotiations to Continue Today

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is in the midst of critical deliberations over the latest studio offer, with artificial intelligence (AI) regulations at the forefront of discussions.

Key Developments

  • SAG-AFTRA continues to deliberate the latest offer from studios and streamers.
  • The negotiations are part of efforts to conclude a new three-year agreement and end the actors’ strike.
  • The latest studio offer includes changes to AI proposals, a central issue in talks.
  • The union’s negotiating committee has been in continuous negotiations for approximately two weeks.
  • AI regulations, particularly for “Schedule F” performers, remain a sticking point.
  • The actors’ strike has now surpassed 117 days.

Negotiation Nuances

The union’s negotiating committee, after a 10-hour deliberation on Tuesday, plans to resume on Wednesday. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) made the latest offer on Monday night, which included changes to AI proposals—a hot-button issue throughout the negotiations.

AI: The Sticking Point

AI has been a key issue, with the union’s initial approach expanding from four pages of legal language to a more comprehensive document. The aim is to close any potential loopholes that could affect performers over the next three years. The “Schedule F” issue, concerning high-earning guild members, is particularly contentious.

The Path Forward

SAG-AFTRA, while declining to comment due to ongoing negotiations, has expressed a commitment to securing a fair deal. The union’s response to the companies’ offer is expected soon, with the hope of bringing the strike to a responsible end.

Background Information

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists, and other media professionals. The current strike, which is affecting the entertainment industry, is one of the longest in recent history. The negotiations are being closely watched as they may set precedents for how AI is managed in the entertainment industry moving forward.

Key Takeaways

  • SAG-AFTRA is in ongoing negotiations with AMPTP over a new three-year contract.
  • AI regulations are a significant aspect of the discussions.
  • The actors’ strike has been ongoing for over 117 days.
  • The outcome of these negotiations could influence future AI usage in the industry.

For a more detailed analysis and continuous updates on the SAG-AFTRA negotiations, readers can visit The Hollywood Reporter.