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The WGA strike in Hollywood reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP, suspending picketing

All signs point to an agreement being reached between the studios and the WGA, but the fight continues for the Actors’ Guild before productions can start again.

FILE PHOTO: Strike signs await striking SAG-AFTRA actors and Writers Guild of America (WGA) outside Disney Studios in Burbank, California, U.S., July 25, 2023. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo/File Photo

One of the most critical moments in the history of Hollywood could be coming to an end. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a tentative agreement in principle to create a new collective contract with which to try to end the strike.

The Writers Guild published on its social networks that “the WGA and the AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement. This was made possible by the enduring solidarity of WGA members and extraordinary support of our union siblings who stood with us for over 146 days. More details coming after contract language is finalized.”

A historic strike in Hollywood

For the first time in more than 60 years, scriptwriters and actors participated in joint and simultaneous strikes. Months of a fight that began on May 2 and that could be coming to an end soon enough, one that has resulted in a good number of project delays and cancellations in Hollywood. Tens of thousands of professionals have been affected by a strike that has prevented them from filming series or films and even promoting them, all in the name of achieving fair payment and securing their work for the foreseeable future. For example, Dune: Part Two would be released in early November, but the situation forced it to change its date to March 2024.

The search for better working conditions, regulation of artificial intelligence, and fair payments in the reissues of their works have been the pillars on which a fight that is beginning to see its end has been built. What started with the scriptwriters continued with the actors joining the protests last July, but the latter have not yet had any contact with the AMPTPT. The possible end of the writers’ strike could help the actors also reach an agreement.


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