Headline RoundupSeptember 25th, 2023

Writer's Guild of America Reaches Tentative Deal with Studios

Summary from AllSides News Team

On Sunday, the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) said it reached a "tentative agreement" with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to end their months-long strike.

Key Details: The Screen Actors' Guild (SAG-AFTRA), which is representing actors in a simultaneous strike, congratulated the WGA for reaching the agreement. The agreement comes after five days of negotiation but is "subject to drafting final contract language", according to the WGA. Members must vote to ratify the agreement before it can be finalized. If finalized, it would end the work stoppage that began in early May when negotiations broke down with Paramount, Disney, and Warner Bros. Discovery.

Key Quote: "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," the WGA negotiation committee wrote in a letter to members Sunday night.

For Context: Studios can now focus on cutting a deal with the actors' union to end the Hollywood labor stoppage. The dual strikes by writers and actors have reportedly cost cities and states billions of dollars amid the production halt.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the spectrum noted that the WGA told union members not to return to work until the deal is official, and encouraged writers to join the SAG-AFTRA strikes this week.

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