The Hollywood screenwriters’ strike, one of two major strikes, is officially ending after nearly five months of disruption in the film and television industry.
On Tuesday, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) board unanimously approved the deal, signaling the end of the strike. The agreement, announced on Sunday, was between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), representing studios, streaming services, and production companies.
The Writers Guild West, previously known as WGAW, made the announcement on social media, saying, “Today, our Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board, and WGAE Council all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement. The strike will officially end at 12:01 am.”
The ratified three-year contract extension will now be put to a vote among the full WGA membership, scheduled to take place between October 2 and 9. During this period, the leadership board has allowed writers to resume work.
Late-night talk shows, which were among the first to go off the air when writers initially went on strike on May 2, are expected to be some of the first shows to return. Bill Maher, the host of “Real Time,” confirmed the show’s comeback on Friday night via social media.
The three-year agreement between writers and producers was achieved after five consecutive days of intensive negotiations, which included the participation of studio executives. The breakthrough announcement came late Sunday night, bringing an end to the picketing by writers.
The full WGA membership will now vote on the ratified three-year contract extension, with voting scheduled to occur between October 2 and 9. During this period, the leadership board has granted permission for writers to resume work.
While the writers’ strike is reaching its conclusion, actors remain on strike. However, the resolved agreement with writers may open doors for a resolution with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). As of now, there are no scheduled talks between the actors’ union, SAG-AFTRA, and AMPTP.
As the Hollywood writers’ strike concludes, it’s worth noting that striking actors have also voted to expand their strike to include the video game industry, adding further pressure on Hollywood studios to negotiate with performers who provide voices and perform stunts for video games.