Has the WGA reached a tentative deal with the AMPTP to end the 2023 writers strike?

After a grueling 146-day strike, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to end the strike. This news was shared by WGA West on Twitter, expressing their gratitude for the support they received throughout the strike.

The negotiations between the writers and Hollywood studios had been ongoing for six weeks before the strike began on May 2. However, when the two sides failed to reach an agreement, approximately 11,500 writers walked out. The main issue at hand was fair compensation, particularly in light of the rise of streaming services and the use of artificial intelligence in creative content.

The strike had a devastating impact on Hollywood, with TV and movie sets coming to a standstill. Several shows were forced to delay their premieres, including Netflix’s Stranger Things and Paramount’s Evil. Even popular late-night talk shows, such as Late Night With Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, had to halt production.

The impact of the strike on the economy is still unknown, but a report suggests that the writers’ strike in 2007-2008 cost California’s economy a staggering $2.1 billion after work was halted for 100 days.

While the WGA has reached a tentative deal, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) remains on strike. However, they extended their congratulations to the WGA for their resilience and solidarity during the strike.

The tentative agreement will now be presented to the WGA East and WGA West boards for approval. This process is expected to take several days as the final contract language is being drafted.

Overall, this is a positive development for the writers as they can finally put an end to the strike and resume their work. The tentative deal represents a compromise between the WGA and AMPTP, addressing their concerns about fair compensation and the changing landscape of the industry.

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