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Film studios and production crews reached a last-minute deal to avoid a strike of about 60,000 workers that would halt production on films and television shows.

Representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union completed marathon talks on Saturday with studios and entertainment companies to reach an agreement on a new three-year contract for production workers.

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Workers still need to vote to approve the deal, but the strike, which began on Monday, has been called off for the time being. The strike would halt production on everything from big-budget blockbusters to daily talk shows and soap operas.

The initial outlook for a deal was less than optimistic, with IATSE president Matthew Loeb noting last week that “the pace of the bargain does not reflect any urgency.”

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“Without an end date, we can go on talking forever. Our members deserve to meet their basic needs now.”

The IATSE said it was demanding reasonable rest period, meal breaks and better pay. Some of the issues include what the union says are unpaid wages for the lowest pay, a failure to provide reasonable sabbatical leave and claims that workers on projects for streaming companies are more likely than those working for traditional entertainment production companies. Get paid less.

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The IATSE statement said on Saturday that the agreement “addresses core issues including reasonable rest periods; meal breaks; a living wage for the bottom of the pay scale; and notable compensation to be paid by new-media companies.” Growth.”

Hollywood remains fragile as it continues to recover from the COVID-91 pandemic, which temporarily halted all productions. The IATSE reported on 4 October that members had voted overwhelmingly to authorize the strike.

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“We went toe-to-toe with some of the world’s richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies, and we have now reached an agreement with AMPTP that addresses the needs of our members,” Loeb said.