More than four-and-a-half months after they first went on strike, Hollywood writers have reached a tentative deal with studios on a new labor contract, APA reports citing CBS news.
The agreement between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers — the group that represents all major Hollywood studios — was announced Sunday following several marathon bargaining sessions this week in Los Angeles.
Terms of the deal, which were not immediately made public, must still be ratified by the WGA's approximately 11,000 members.
"We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership," the WGA negotiating committee said in an email to its members Sunday night. "What remains now is for our staff to make sure everything we have agreed to is codified in final contract language. And though we are eager to share the details of what has been achieved with you, we cannot do that until the last 'i' is dotted."
"To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then," the negotiating team said Sunday. "But we are, as of today, suspending WGA picketing."