Hollywood writers and producers have reached a tentative contract agreement after more than 100 days on strike.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced that the agreement was made with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and is reviewing the final details and language.
“The WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement,” the WGA said in a brief statement. “This was made possible by the enduring solidarity of WGA members and extraordinary support of our union siblings who stood with us for over 146 days. More details coming after contract language is finalized.”
While the writers strike has seemingly ended, Hollywood actors represented by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), continue their strike efforts, seeking a contract of their own with the AMPTP.
“To our fellow union siblings who serve on the WGA Negotiating Committee, we extend our heartfelt congratulations on securing a tentative agreement with the AMPTP,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. “We applaud your dedication, diligence and unwavering solidarity over the last five months and are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you as creative partners in the entertainment industry. We look forward to reviewing the terms of the WGA and AMPTP’s tentative agreement and we remain ready to resume our own negotiations with the AMPTP as soon as they are prepared to engage on our proposals in a meaningful way. Until then, we continue to stand strong and unified.”
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, who previously sat with both sides in an attempt to mediate talks, attributed the successful negotiation to union efforts and collaborations.
“After a nearly five-month long strike, I am grateful that the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a fair agreement and I’m hopeful that the same can happen soon with the Screen Actors Guild,” Bass said in a statement. “This historic strike impacted so many across Los Angeles and across the nation. Now, we must focus on getting the entertainment industry, and all the small businesses that depend on it, back on their feet and stronger than ever before.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who also made multiple efforts to mediate talks between the Hollywood writers, actors and studios, and said he looked forward to the moving forward economically.
“California’s entertainment industry would not be what it is today without our world class writers,” Newsom said in a statement. “For over 100 days, 11,000 writers went on strike over existential threats to their careers and livelihoods — expressing real concerns over the stress and anxiety workers are feeling. I am grateful that the two sides have come together to reach an agreement that benefits all parties involved, and can put a major piece of California’s economy back to work.”
The AMPTP represents major movie and TV studios such as Disney, Netflix and NBC-Universal.
Among the reported initial demands from the writers were focused on AI use, as an increase in AI popularity has shown an alternative way to write prompts for storytelling in several mediums, including film and TV writing.
With the writers strike set to end upon a finalized contract, calls for a new strike from within the industry have been approved by SAG-AFTRA members in the videogame industry.
On Monday, members authorized a strike if contract talks fall apart in the coming Interactive Media Agreement.
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