SAG-AFTRA reaches interim agreements with Walking Dead spinoffs

SAG-AFTRA
(The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/AMC)

SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) has successfully negotiated interim agreements with three prominent AMC series, marking a significant development in the ongoing strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

The strike, now in its seventh week, has disrupted the entertainment industry’s operations, leading to negotiations for various productions to resume.

The three AMC series that have secured interim agreements are notable additions to the list of projects continuing amid the strike. The affected shows include two spinoffs from the Walking Dead franchise, namely The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon and The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, the latter featuring the return of Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira to the franchise. The third show is Interview With The Vampire.

AMC Networks, the parent company behind AMC Studios, produces all three series. While AMC Networks is not a member of the AMPTP, it is “authorized” by the alliance, signifying its commitment to adhere to any industry contracts agreed upon by the AMPTP and relevant unions. These agreements specifically pertain to the mentioned productions and do not extend to other AMC shows.

Interview With the Vampire is set to resume filming for its second season in Prague after a hiatus due to the strike. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon had previously commenced production for its second season in France but was affected by the strike. Production for The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live had concluded before the strike, and the interim agreement enables the cast to carry out postproduction tasks such as additional dialogue recording.


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SAG-AFTRA’s decision to establish interim agreements has stirred some controversy within the union, with a segment of members expressing concerns that these agreements diverge from the strike’s intent. The terms of the interim agreements align with the union’s contract proposal before the strike, which includes an 11 percent increase in minimum wages and revenue sharing for streaming projects.

In an update on August 14, SAG-AFTRA modified the scope of these agreements, clarifying that they won’t be offered to productions covered by a Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract that are produced in the United States.

Other TV projects that have secured interim agreements include The Chosen, a biblical drama, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, a docuseries, and Tehran from Apple TV+.

The three aforementioned AMC series are scheduled for release in 2024. AMC Networks’ CEO Kristin Dolan stated in a quarterly earnings call that the network and its sister channels have a sufficient stockpile of programming to sustain content distribution well into the next year.

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