The Writers Strike Is Lastly Over


After being on strike since Might 2, Hollywood writers have a contract to return to work.

Following 5 days of negotiations the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers(AMPTP) launched a stunning joint assertion late final week that progress was being made. Sunday evening got here the information {that a} deal had been reached.

“What we’ve got gained on this contract — most significantly, the whole lot we’ve got gained since Might 2nd — is as a result of willingness of this membership to train its energy, to display its solidarity, to stroll side-by-side, to endure the ache and uncertainty of the previous 146 days,” a WGA rep wrote in a observe to members.

The deadlock centered on points reminiscent of pay, the scale of writers’ rooms, AI and royalties and residuals. The AMPTP and the WGA have often been at odds, typically jostling within the media. The current talks, which included studio heads together with Disney CEO Bob Iger and Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, had each side trying to make a deal.

Guild members will nonetheless must vote to just accept the deal, which incorporates a lot of the calls for—together with elevated royalty funds for streaming content material, and protections towards AI. Last particulars won’t be launched for a number of days.

Not lengthy after the Writers went on strike, the actors’ major union, the Display screen Actors Guild of America, joined the WGA on the picket line. Negotiations between actors and producers are nonetheless ongoing.

How we bought right here

Talks resumed Wednesday between the WGA and the studios following practically a month of silence. Conversations had been ongoing since then.

Following Hollywood’s strikes, the leisure trade screeched to a halt, with actors and writers refraining from selling their work and tasks regularly being pushed. A number of films have been moved to 2024 and main productions, together with the Emmys, have been delayed for months.

The dearth of recent scripted tasks additionally wreaked havoc on fall TV schedules, with a number of networks making last-minute adjustments, leaning into actuality programming and repackaging current cable exhibits, reminiscent of Yellowstone, by giving them broadcast debuts. In the meantime, the applications that attempted to come back again with out writers, together with discuss exhibits hosted by Invoice Maher and Drew Barrymore, have been in the end delayed once more after receiving the ire of picketers and backlash on-line.


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