In what is undoubtedly a huge relief for movie fans all over the world, the Hollywood strike action appears to be reaching a resolution.
As of this writing on September 29th 2023, The Writer’s Guild of America have ended their 143-day strike and are set to return to work October 2nd.
It was announced September 25th that a “tentative deal” had been reached between the Writers Guild and the Hollywood Studios union. Now it seems set in stone with writer’s rooms set to resume for the likes of live television in the coming days.
Currently, it has been confirmed that the WGA has succeeded in securing concessions in every area they had issues. These include greater compensation in residuals for streaming properties, concessions on the minimum number of writing staff a studio can hire, and an assurance that A.I. will not encroach on writer’s jobs or interfere with their residual earnings.
“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 Writers Guild’s negotiating committee said in an email to members.
What remains up in the air is the fate of SAG-AFTRA. It is assumed that a deal is close, and that negotiations will reopen on October 2nd. It is hoped that with a deal reached with the WGA, SAG-AFTRA will be blessed with similar terms, however, we will just have to see how this pans out at present.
The end may be in sight for this Hollywood lull, and it appears the writers and actors are speeding toward victory. Thankfully that means these talented folks can get back to doing what they’re great at… making scary movies! We can’t wait, and will report any further developments on the SAG-AFTRA negotiations as soon as we have more clarification.
Congratulations to the Writers Guild of America on their historic victory.