The writers’ strike ended after reaching an agreement with the production companies; the Hollywood actors’ strike still remains in effect.
As of the first minute of September 27, the restriction will be lifted, and the Hollywood writers’ strike that began on May 2 will come to an end. The board of the Writers Guild of the United States voted to authorize its members to return to work, following an agreement between the union members and the major Hollywood studios.
Negotiations included salary increases, protections against the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), compensation for broadcasts, and longer employment terms.
On September 24, Hollywood writers reached a provisional labor agreement with the major studios, reported the Writers Guild of America. The WGA stated that the agreement was “made possible by the enduring solidarity of WGA members and the extraordinary support of our union brothers who stood with us on picket lines for over 146 days.”
Since Wednesday, the writers’ association held meetings with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents companies producing audiovisual content.
What were the writers demanding?
Hollywood writers began the strike on May 2, demanding salary improvements but also new rules requiring studios to hire a certain number of writers for a fixed period in TV productions.
Additionally, they were also requesting compensation for the pre-production, production, and post-production periods, as currently, writers have to review and rewrite scripts without extra payment.
The Hollywood strike has popular support
Americans widely support the striking workers in the automotive and Hollywood industries, according to a two-day Reuters/Ipsos survey concluded on Wednesday, which found significant support.
The survey revealed that 58% of Americans support the United Auto Workers’ first simultaneous strike against Ford Motor, General Motors, and Stellantis, Chrysler’s parent company, to secure better wages and benefits, while 32% oppose the action, and 10% were unsure.
Similarly, 60% of Americans support the double strike of writers and actors to secure better wages and protections in the entertainment industry, while 27% oppose, and 13% are unsure.