Hollywood writers agree to end five-month strike after studio deal
According to the Writers Guild of America (WGA), union leaders voted unanimously to lift the restraining order.
A three-year deal with pay raises and AI protections will then be voted on by its 11,500 members.
Actors are also on strike in a separate dispute.
Screen Actors Guild members joined the writers’ walkout on 13 July, making it the longest Hollywood strike in decades. A dispute over pay and artificial intelligence (AI) led them to strike.
According to Milken Institute economist Kevin Klowden, it has cost the US economy $5bn (£4.08bn).
Billions, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hacks, Severance, Yellowjackets, The Last of Us, Stranger Things, Abbott Elementary, and several late-night talk shows have been affected by the dispute.
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher announced on social media that he would return with fresh episodes starting Friday.
It was reported earlier in the week that screenwriters had reached a tentative deal with studio bosses, but no details were provided. The end of the WGA strike does not mean Hollywood is back to normal, as the actors’ union, which walked off the job in July, continues to strike.
As with writers, actors want better wages, working conditions, and health benefits.
Artificial intelligence will also be subject to guardrails in future television and film productions.
SAG-AFTRA could use the WGA breakthrough as a template for drafting its own studio deal.