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Tentative agreement reached to end historic Hollywood writers strike; screen actors continue protest

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have achieved a provisional agreement aimed at ending a nearly five-month-long historic strike by screenwriters.

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This accord, awaiting approval from the guild’s board and members, was reached after five intensive days of renewed discussions and comes just before the strike would have marked the longest in over 70 years and the guild’s history. While this agreement brings relief to some segments of the industry, several nightly network shows, such as NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” might resume shortly, but it’s still a long road to regular programming as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) remains on strike, and ongoing disagreements keep numerous crew members out of work.

The dispute, which witnessed approximately 11,500 WGA members walking off the job on May 2, revolved around pay scales, staff sizes on shows, and the incorporation of artificial intelligence in scripting. Despite the turmoil in the writers’ sphere being potentially settled, there’s no corresponding resolution in sight for the actors, who have been striking since July, with no ongoing negotiations for their union presently. The joint strike has suspended numerous productions and altered schedules, impacting popular shows and anticipated movies, signaling a significant moment of contention between creative labor and executives in an industry rapidly evolving due to technological advancements.

While the terms of the agreement remain undisclosed, the deal was concluded without any intervention from federal mediators or governmental representatives, a method previously necessary in past strikes. High-ranking executives from major entertainment companies were directly involved in the negotiations, emphasizing the significance of resolving the industry-wide conflict. Public figures, including Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have expressed their congratulations on the tentative resolution and hope for a similar outcome with the actors’ strike, underlining the widespread impact of these strikes on the entertainment industry and its workforce.

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