The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union representing Hollywood film and television crew, has agreed a tentative three-year deal with major studios that includes pay increases and protections against the use of AI.

The agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents companies such as Disney and Netflix, is now pending ratification by the union’s membership.3


IATSE agrees to three-year deal with major studios

IATSE members span lighting technicians through to costume designers in the entertainment industry, including live events, film and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

The provisional agreement will raise wages by 7% in the first year of the contract, 4% in the second year and 3.5% in the third year, according to the union.

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The new contract will include additional penalties for long work days, including a tripled hourly wage for hourly workers when a work day exceeds 15 hours. “On call” workers, meanwhile, will earn a doubled hourly wage on their seventh day of work in one week.

On the AI front, the deal includes “language that ensures no employee is required to provide Al prompts in any manner that would result in the displacement of any covered employee.”

IATSE began negotiating with AMPTP on March 5, raising fears that Hollywood could see another industry strike following last year’s walkouts by writers and actors.

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