After weeks of mostly online negotiations, Hollywood’s major acting union announced Thursday it has reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with television and film producers, a deal the union valued at a “record-breaking” $318 million.
According to SAG-AFTRA, the proposed deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers covers film, scripted prime-time dramatic television and new media production.
Union officials said the deal includes gains in residuals for subscription streaming work, increased contributions to pension, health and retirement funds, improved sexual harassment protections and new guidelines governing nudity and simulated sex scenes.
“I am proud of the historic protections we achieved for SAG-AFTRA members, particularly women working in scenes related to nudity and simulated sex,” union president Gabrielle Carteris said. “… After participating in more than a decade of negotiations, this is one of the most meaningful packages we have ever secured. Fighting for the needs of the membership, we looked to the future and planned smartly for where our industry is going. This is a real and well-deserved victory.”
According to the union, the proposed deal includes wage increases of 2.5%, 3% and 3% over the next three years, changes in how overtime is calculated for weekly stunt performers and improved “notice and consent requirements” for principal and background performers in nude or sex scenes.
The proposed agreement will be sent to the union’s national board of directors, then submitted to the union membership for ratification.
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