After almost six months, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike has come to an end. The strike officially ended on September 27 at 12:01am PT / 3:01am ET. The strike initially began due to disagreements between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). However, a tentative new agreement was reached between the two parties, which was unanimously recommended by the WGA’s Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board, and WGAE Council.
While the strike has ended, the new agreement still needs to be approved by the WGA’s members. A ratification vote is scheduled to take place from October 2 to 9. However, it is unlikely that the deal will be rejected, considering the positive response from the Negotiating Committee. The new agreement, which has a 94-page document, is estimated to have a value of $233 million per year. Although it falls short of the $429 million per year demanded by the WGA, it is a significant increase compared to the $86 million per year initially proposed by the AMPTP.
In the midst of this resolution, it’s important to note that the SAG-AFTRA strike is still ongoing. While the WGA strike has concluded, actors represented by SAG-AFTRA are still negotiating their terms. This news comes as a relief for writers, who have successfully secured improved protections and a more favorable deal after months of solidarity and negotiation.