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The Writers' Strike Officially Ends: Deal Finalized After 148 Days

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

The beginning of the end, the strike officially ends after 148 days as the guild's leadership has officially authorized its members to return to work during the process of the new contract.

148 days of striking has made the 2023 strike the second longest in Writers Guild of America history. After five consecutive days of negotiating the WGA announced their decision to end the strike after coming to an agreement of a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers earlier this week. The tentative deal is a three year contract agreement and is hailed as "exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership".

Writers were pushing for streaming residuals, the following terms for streaming residuals are what they secured:

  • Studios provide the WGA details of a show's viewership including total number of hours streamed worldwide.

  • Foreign residuals are now based on the streaming service's number of foreign subscribers, a 76% increase.

The writers also secured the following protections against AI, two of the protections are:

  • AI can't write or rewrite literary material and AI-generated material will not be considered source material.

  • A writer can choose to use AI but the studio can't require the writer to use AI software.

Even though an agreement has been reached, the ratification of the deal will take place between October 2 to October 9, when the WGA union members will be able to vote on it. It is unclear how long the SAG-AFTRA strike will continue, but no scheduled meeting with the AMPTP has been confirmed.


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