An agreement between striking screenwriters and Hollywood studios was reached on Sunday September 24. But nothing has been concluded yet for the actors.
Will the Hollywood strike end soon? The screenwriters of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), a powerful union in the sector, have reportedly reached a provisional agreement with the studios and platforms of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). This Sunday, September 24, they would have “reached an agreement in principle on all points of discussion,” wrote the WGA in a press release.
For the moment, the conditions of this agreement have not been revealed. And the strike that began on May 2 is not officially over: the text must still be ratified by the union's management bodies, before being submitted for approval to the members of the WGA. In the meantime, screenwriters, who are demanding better pay and are concerned about the use of artificial intelligence in their fields of work, are still on the strike picket until further notice.
If the agreement between the WGA and the AMPTP is ratified, this does not mean that the strike will end. Screenwriters will be able to return to work for American talk shows or for any project not requiring actors immediately. Because this agreement does not concern the actors, who joined the movement on July 14, 2023.
The latter are also demanding better remuneration which would take into account streaming as well as supervision of the use of artificial intelligence. As a result, all production stages requiring American actors (casting, filming, promotion) are paused until further notice.