After week-long negotiations between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), a new deal has been reached between the two alliances as the IATSE was ready to begin a strike on Monday if their demands weren’t met with the AMPTP. Deadline exclusively reports that the two have mutually reached an agreement and have thus averted a strike that would’ve implicated more than 60,000 union-represented workers and could have caused ripple effects throughout Hollywood.
The new contract will cover IATSE for three years, as explained by a source close to Deadline: “It took a lot to get here, but this is a good deal, a fair deal for everyone concerned. Time to break out the cigars.”
Still according to Deadline, the deal between IATSE and AMPTP remained in flux right up until the final hours where the deal between the two parties was officialized, and IATSE was preparing for a strike and told their members to assume there would be one, without getting too optimistic. The strike would’ve disrupted all productions (and some films in post-production) throughout Hollywood, as IATSE representatives were demanding better working conditions: a living wage, legitimate meal breaks, no last-minute overtimes (or “fraturdays”), more turnaround time between workdays and a bigger share of the revenue from streaming shows which the AMPTP did not want to agree upon. If those demands weren’t met, a strike would’ve happened, but this will not be the case.
Hollywood productions will go back to work next week, but a new deal will certainly not fix the plethora of problems and workload IATSE workers have to do in order to make a film possible. When you see your next film in cinemas, think of the long hours crew members have to do to shoot only one scene (and sometimes even one shot) for it to transform into something truly phenomenal when it is projected on the screen and stay through the credits to respect the dedication it took for over 100,000 people to make the movie you’re seeing possible. And it’s great to see that the AMPTP will finally give IATSE what they want and have better working conditions on set.