A strike that could have stopped the filming of some of the world’s most popular television shows and movies has been averted in last-minute talks.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), representing some 40,000 behind-the-scenes film workers, said it reached a tentative three-year agreement late Saturday with an alliance representing producers.
In a statement on the union website, IATSE international president Matthew Loeb welcomed the deal as a “Hollywood ending,” adding, “Our members stood firm.”
The agreement requires ratification by union members.
The studio group — the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers — confirmed the agreement to CNN but offered no details.
The union, which represents camera operators, costumers, makeup artists and set designers, had been girding to stop work at midnight Sunday.
The labor protest had drawn widespread support, not just from actors like Julia Louiis-Dreyfus and Samuel L. Jackson, but from politicians including senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
“Good for @IATSE for standing your ground,” comedian Patton Oswalt said on Twitter.
The last-minute talks involved thorny disputes on what the union says are excessive and effectively unregulated working hours.
The proposed contract, according to the union, calls for “significant increases in compensation from new-media companies” and “a living wage for those on the bottom of the pay scale.”
It also provides for daily rest periods for an industry notorious for its long hours.