Hollywood writers strike to end after 146 days as WGA and AMPTP reach agreement

An agreement has been reached between the WGA and major studios and streamers after 146 days of striking halted Hollywood production. 

The industry players are said to have reached a tentative compromise on a new three-year contract on Sunday. 

Negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers underwent five consecutive days of debate before settling on their compromise.  

An email written by the WGA’s negotiating committee and sent to its members explained: ‘We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.’

According to Variety, the strike will still be operational while the guild completes its contract approval and ratification process, however, picketing has been suspended as of Sunday night.

The message from the guild continued: ‘To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then.

‘Though we are eager to share the details of what has been achieved with you, we cannot do that until the last ‘i’ is dotted.

‘To do so would complicate our ability to finish the job. So, as you have been patient with us before, we ask you to be patient again – one last time.

‘What we have won in this contract – most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd – is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the pain and uncertainty of the past 146 days. 

‘It is the leverage generated by your strike, in concert with the extraordinary support of our union siblings, that finally brought the companies back to the table to make a deal.’

The WGA’s efforts were praised in a statement by SAG-AFTRA – which has been on strike since July 14.

They wrote: ‘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.’ 

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