Writers and Hollywood studios reach ‘tentative agreement,’ WGA says

Writers and Hollywood studios reach ‘tentative agreement,’ WGA says
Published: Sep. 24, 2023 at 9:26 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2023 at 11:56 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The Writers Guild of America said they have reached a tentative agreement with major studios that would end the Hollywood writers’ strike.

What we have won in this contract—most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd—is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the pain and uncertainty of the past 146 days,” WGA said in the statement.

On Saturday, the Writers Guild of America and the Hollywood studios said in a joint statement that they’ll meet again on Sunday to continue negotiations.

“Well, we’re hearing that they’re close, but that perhaps not as close as some of the press reports, which have suggested that it’s all down to the drafting by the lawyers,” Jonathan Handel, entertainment attorney and journalist, told CBS news.

Trade publications are reporting the studios have presented their ‘best and final’ offer for a new three-year contract, according to CBS News.

The writers’ strike started in May, calling for higher salaries, better residuals from streaming platforms, and protections against artificial intelligence.

Actors began striking in July.

The impacts reaching far outside of Hollywood, with rallies happening in Metro Atlanta.

According to the Motion Picture Association, Georgia’s film and TV industry creates more than 137,000 jobs and nearly $3.82 billion in total wages.