The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have agreed to end the nearly five-month strike.
“We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA, which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language,” the WGA shared on Sunday.
Why is Hollywood on Strike?
When the writers went on strike on May 2, they sought a new contract with promises of better pay and protection from the use of artificial intelligence. Then in July, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) joined the writers on the picket lines.
At 146 days, this strike is one of the WGA’s lengthiest in history, surpassing the 100-day duration of the 2007-2008 strike. It stopped production for significant Hollywood projects like Netflix’s final season of Stranger Things, Disney’s Avatar sequels, and Tom Holland’s fourth Spider-Man installment. However, after many failed attempts to form an agreement with these major studios, the WGA and AMPTP have made a statement.
Striking a Deal
WGA cannot release specifics yet, but they said “that this deal is exceptional—with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.” The deal has not been finalized, and no one is back to work yet. WGA members are encouraged to join SAG-AFTRA on the picket lines until they hear an update.
SAG-AFTRA Still Striking
SAG-AFTRA actors remain on strike. They released an official statement in response to the WGA agreement on Monday.
“SAG-AFTRA congratulates the WGA on reaching a tentative agreement with the AMPTP after 146 days of incredible strength, resiliency, and solidarity on the picket lines. While we look forward to reviewing the WGA and AMPTP’s tentative agreement, we remain committed to achieving the necessary terms for our members.
“Since the day the WGA strike began, SAG-AFTRA members have stood alongside the writers on the picket lines. We remain on strike in our TV/Theatrical contract and continue to urge the studio and streamer CEOs and the AMPTP to return to the table and make the fair deal that our members deserve and demand.”
This story is ongoing.
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