On Day 146, a Break in the Hollywood Strike

Tentative deal has been reached
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 24, 2023 10:45 PM CDT
Updated Sep 25, 2023 12:00 AM CDT
Tentative Deal Reached to End Hollywood Writers Strike
Writers Brent Mote, left, and Mark McCorckle, right, picket outside the gates of Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., Thursday, Sep. 21, 2023.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Union leaders and Hollywood studios reached a tentative agreement Sunday to end a historic screenwriters strike after nearly five months, though no deal is yet in the works for striking actors, the AP reports. The Writers Guild of America announced the deal in a joint statement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents studios, streaming services, and production companies in negotiations. "WGA has reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP," the guild said in an email to members. "This was made possible by the enduring solidarity of WGA members and extraordinary support of our union siblings who joined us on the picket lines for over 146 days."

The three-year contract agreement—settled on after five marathon days of renewed talks by negotiators at the WGA and the AMPTP—must be approved by the guild's board and members before the strike officially ends. In a longer message from the guild shared by members on social media, the writers were told the strike is not over and no one was to return to work until hearing otherwise, but picketing is to be suspended immediately. The terms of the deal were not immediately announced. The tentative deal to end the last writers strike, in 2008, was approved by more than 90% of members. The agreement comes just five days before the strike would've become the longest in the guild's history, and the longest Hollywood strike in more than 70 years.

The proposed solution to the writers strike came after talks resumed on Wednesday for the first time in a month. As a result of the agreement, nightly network shows including NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! could return to the air within days. But as writers prepare to potentially crack open their laptops again, it's far from back to business as usual in Hollywood, as talks have not yet resumed between studios and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Crew members left with no work by the stoppage will remain unemployed for now.

(Read more Hollywood writers' strike stories.)

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