Hollywood writers return to work after nearly 5 month strike

September 27, 2023

We feel great. We won.

Writers Guild of America West President Meredith Stiehm after a deal was reached between screenwriters and studios that ended nearly 150 days of writers being on strike.

Why It Matters: Days short of becoming the longest strike in Hollywood’s history, writers and studios reached an agreement that has screenwriters back in the office after nearly five months of striking. The three-year agreement includes 3.5-5% increased compensation, longer-duration terms of employment and regulation in the use of artificial intelligence – all of which were “significant wins in the main areas writers had fought for …” (The Associated Press).

Late night and daytime talk shows will resume in the coming days, with many late night shows beginning on Monday. Most scripted shows are still in limbo as actors remain on strike without negotiations on the table.

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by Emily Hooker, based in Texas