After 148 days, the Hollywood Writers’ strike is ending.
Writers Guild of America board members voted unanimously Tuesday to lift the strike order as of 12:01 a.m. PT Wednesday, after agreeing on a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
The two sides found compromise on key sticking points, including guardrails on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the creative process, minimum staffing requirements for writers’ rooms and residuals from programs and films on the streaming platforms.
Late-night talk shows — the first to go dark when writers walked out on May 2nd – will be among the first shows to resume.
Although there currently are no talks scheduled for the striking SAG-AFTRA union and the AMPTP, the end of the writers’ strike is expected to pave the way for the two groups to reach a similar compromise. Striking actors are seeking better pay, more AI controls and higher streaming residuals.