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What the Actors Really Won on A.I.

The 16 pages of contract language surrounding A.I. are by far the most intricate provisions in the new agreement.
The 16 pages of contract language surrounding A.I. are the most intricate provisions in the new agreement. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Jonathan Handel
November 13, 2023

The summary alone of the tentative deal between SAG-AFTRA and the studios runs to 18 pages of detail, and the Memorandum of Agreement is about 128 pages. I’ve now read the previously unreleased summary and the A.I. provisions of the M.O.A. (the M.O.A. release is as yet unscheduled). On Tuesday, eligible members will receive ratification ballot materials, with votes due back by Dec. 5. 

In the meantime, let’s take a look at the major achievements—and the key compromises—that led to the strike-ending, billion-dollar deal. We’ll save A.I. for last since its 16 pages of contract language are by far the most intricate provisions in the new agreement. (By contrast, the DGA had only one page on A.I. and the WGA 2.5.)