WGA members overwhelmingly ratify new contract with Hollywood studios, officially ending strike

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 12:00 p.m

WGA members overwhelmingly ratify new deal with Hollywood studios

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Members of the Writers Guild of America overwhelmingly approved a new labor contract with Hollywood studios, the union announced Monday, ending a strike that helped bring film and television production to a halt.

Of the 8,525 votes cast, 99% of WGA members voted in favor, union leaders said in a statement to members.

The term of the new agreement runs until May 1, 2026.

“Through solidarity and determination, we have ratified a treaty with meaningful benefits and protections for writers across all areas of our shared membership,” said WGA West President Meredith Stiehm. “Together we were able to achieve what many thought was impossible just six months ago.”

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The announcement comes about two weeks after the end of the WGA strike. The writers had been on strike for almost five months.

Meanwhile, negotiations between the studios and the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA continue. Actors have been on the picket lines since mid-July.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, president of the WGA East, called on the Alliance of Film and Television Producers to reach a fair agreement with striking actors.

“Now it’s time for the AMPTP to get the rest of the city back to work by negotiating a fair contract with our SAG-AFTRA siblings who have supported writers throughout our negotiations,” Cullen said. “Until the studios reach a deal that meets the needs of artists, WGA members will stand on the picket lines and walk side by side with SAG-AFTRA in solidarity.”

City News Service contributed to this report.

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