The Hollywood Writers Strike Is Over

"We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional," the union told its members

BY Alex HudsonPublished Sep 27, 2023

The Hollywood strike could finally be coming to an end, as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

"The WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement," the two groups said in a joint statement. The details of the agreement haven't been made public, but they will be revealed in advance of the union formally agreeing to the decision.

UPDATE (9/27, 11:10 a.m. ET): The tentative agreement has been accepted and the writers are officially back to work. The writers still need to vote to ratify the agreement in early October, but they can work in the meantime. Meanwhile, actors remain on strike.

The union wrote in a message to its members, "We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership." 

The WGA negotiating committee plan to vote tomorrow (September 26) about whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to WGAW Board and WGAE Council. If the Board and Council approve it, they will also vote on whether to allow writers to return to work during the final ratification process. For now, writers still can't return to work, but picketing is currently suspended. The union is still recommending writers join the actors' picket line.

The WGA strike began nearly five months ago, on May 2, with primary negotiating points concerning the use of AI and the staffing levels of writing rooms.

The actors' union, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), joined them in July. There's still no word on the progress of a deal with the actors.

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