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WGA reaches tentative agreement, potentially ending Hollywood strike

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The Writers Guild of America (WGA) reportedly reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Sunday evening, which could potentially end the 146-day industry-wide strike.

The news came after four days of intense negotiations as writers and studios worked on another three-year deal that would address streaming residuals, staffing needs and artificial intelligence.

Details of the tentative agreement have not been made public. The strike will remain in effect until the guild officially votes to ratify the agreement next Tuesday. In the meantime, picketing has been suspended.

SAG-AFTRA members and supporters protest as the SAG-AFTRA Actors Union strike continues for the sixth day in front of Netflix on July 18, 2023 in New York. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

“We can say, with great pride, that this agreement is exceptional – with significant gains and protections for writers across all sectors of our membership,” the WGA bargaining committee told members in an email.

“To be clear, no one should return to work without express permission from the Guild. We are still on strike until then,” the message continues.

The WGA said it would not share the language of the agreement in order to maintain strong negotiations.

Sarah Silverman walks the picket line in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike on July 20, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)

Sarah Silverman walks the picket line in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike on July 20, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)

“While we look forward to sharing with you the details of what was achieved, we cannot do so until the last ‘i’ is dotted,” the message read. “It would complicate our ability to complete the work. So, as you have already been patient with us, we ask you to be patient again – one last time.

Despite reaching a deal, Hollywood could remain at a standstill as long as SAG-AFTRA continues its ongoing strike, launched in July, a little more than two months after the WGA.

“SAG-AFTRA commends the WGA for reaching a tentative agreement with AMPTP after 146 days of incredible strength, resilience and solidarity on the picket lines,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. “While we look forward to reviewing the tentative agreement between the WGA and AMPTP, we remain committed to achieving the necessary terms for our members. Since the day the WGA strike began, SAG-AFTRA members have stood alongside writers on the picket lines. We remain on strike in our TV/Theater contract and continue to urge studio and streamer CEOs and AMPTP to return to the table and reach the fair deal our members deserve and demand.

WGA members celebrated the tentative agreement on social media.

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