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Writers union ratifies contract with Hollywood studios: NPR


A WGA support sign stands near SAG-AFTRA members protesting outside the Warner Bros. studio. as the actors’ strike continues on September 26, 2023 in Burbank, California.

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A WGA support sign stands near SAG-AFTRA members protesting outside the Warner Bros. studio. as the actors’ strike continues on September 26, 2023 in Burbank, California.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

The union representing thousands of Hollywood writers has ratified a contract with major production studios, officially ending a months-long labor dispute that paralyzed much of the entertainment industry.

In a statement posted Monday on the union’s website, Writers Guild of America leaders said 99 percent of its members voted to approve the new contract.

The agreement, which runs until May 1, 2026, grants salary increases to writers, increases contributions to health and retirement funds and establishes guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence.

WGA members ended their strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, or AMPTP, on September 27. The strike stalled the production of films and television shows for almost five months.

Late night television programs quickly returned to production and began airing new episodes the following weekend.

John Oliver, HBO host Last week tonighttold NPR he was relieved the contract dispute was coming to an end — and that working on shows like his requires a full staff.

“It’s an extremely collaborative experience, which is why when you take a component out of this machine, it’s frustrating, because you think everything only works if everyone is pulling in the same direction,” Oliver told NPR. All things Considered Friday.

But production of other television shows and films remains on hold, as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or SAG-AFTRA, continues to strike while its own negotiations with AMPTP continue.

While celebrating winning their contract, WGA executives took note of the actors’ strike against Hollywood studios, which began in July.

“As our negotiations come to a close, we will not forget our SAG-AFTRA brothers and sisters who have supported the writers every step of the way,” said WGA West President Meredith Stiehm and President of WGA East, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen.

“We are calling on AMPTP to negotiate an agreement that meets the needs of artists and, in the meantime, we are asking WGA members who can to continue to show up on their picket lines in solidarity.”


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