The Writers Guild of America (WGA) members have given their overwhelming endorsement to the new agreement with Hollywood studios, setting the stage for a new era of collaboration.
Massive Support for the New Deal
Members of the WGA, in a nearly unanimous vote, have officially ratified the contract presented to them, reflecting broad approval for the terms agreed upon. Out of the 8,525 votes cast, an impressive 8,435 were in favor, while only 90 voted against the agreement. This new contract, now backed by the majority, will be valid until May 1, 2026.
Although the writers' strike had already concluded a few weeks prior – post the WGA leadership's initial endorsement of the deal on September 26 – this ratification was the final hurdle ensuring that the deal would stand firm for the upcoming years.
New Dawn, but Challenges Persist
The culmination of the WGA strike doesn't spell the end of Hollywood's labor challenges. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) remains engaged in their own strike. While their discussions with the studios restarted recently, the deadlock continues, keeping film and TV production largely on hold as actors maintain their protest.
However, the WGA's decision to ratify the contract after a significant 148-day halt was anticipated by many in the industry. The freshly minted terms, which encompass aspects like artificial intelligence usage, clarity on streaming data, and stipulated minimum room dimensions, received substantial acclaim.