SAG-AFTRA Approves Deal, Actors’ Strike to End Tonight

The longest strike in SAG-AFTRA history is coming to an end after 117 days.

According to Variety, the Screen Actors Guild‘s negotiating committee unanimously approved a tentative agreement to end the strike on Wednesday. In a statement, the actors’ union itself announced that the strike will officially come to a close on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. The aforementioned agreement will head to SAG-AFTRA’s national board for approval on Friday.

SAG-AFTRA ends its historic strike

SAG-AFTRA went on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) — which represents Hollywood’s major studios and streamers — on July 14. The actors’ union sought better residuals from streaming content, greater regulation of self-tape auditions, and safeguards against the use of artificial intelligence.

From July 14 to September 27, SAG-AFTRA was striking alongside the Writers Guild of America (WGA). The WGA itself went on strike against the AMPTP on May 2 — and finally secured a deal after 148 days. This dual strike was the first of its kind since 1960.

More recently, the WGA went on strike from late 2007 to early 2008. Prior to 2023, however, SAG-AFTRA (then simply known as SAG) had not been on strike since 1980. That particular strike lasted just under 100 days.