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Writers Vote to Ratify Agreement with Hollywood Studios

Members of the the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have voted to ratify a three-year deal with Hollywood studios – which is great news because it marks the formal end to the writers strike!

According to the WGA, 99% of union members voted in favour of the new contract (8,435 “yes” votes, 90 “no” votes) which will continue until May 1, 2026.

“Through solidarity and determination, we have ratified a contract with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of our combined membership,” Writers Guild of America West President Meredith Steihm said. “Together we were able to accomplish what many said was impossible only six months ago.”

The union representing the studios, known as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, congratulated the WGA on ratifying the contract: “It is important progress for our industry that writers are back to work.”

 

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Writers were officially allowed to return to work from September 27 after 11,500 members took part in a 148-day strike asking for better pay, conditions and protections from Artificial Intelligence. Their union reached a tentative agreement with studios at the time which would see writers receive pay increases of 5%, 4% and 3.5% over the course of a three-year contract, a contribution of at least 12% to their health funds by their employers,  “viewership-based residuals” which mean more pay for writers who create content that performs well and transparency when it comes to viewership numbers. Plus, the agreement provides guidelines for the use of AI providing writers more protections and the choice to use AI for their work, if they wish.

Now it’s all formalised in a contract and yep, writers can get back to doing what they do best. But production can’t start without SAG-AFTRA members who are still on strike and are yet to reach their own agreement with studios.

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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, the author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and the founder of CelebrityKind.