Hollywood Writers’ Strike Averted

The WGA, a union representing the writers of television shows and movies announced they had tentatively agreed to a new three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Today at 1:30AM PT it was announced: “The Writers Guilds of America, West and East and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have concluded negotiations and have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.”

The WGA and the AMPTP, which negotiates on behalf of studios and networks, had been holding contract talks in recent weeks in an effort to reach a new deal before the expiration of the current agreement.

A vast majority of WGA members recently gave their union negotiators authorization to call a strike if no deal was reached by the time the contract ended, so writers could have been walking picket lines.

The last strike was ten years ago and CBS filled the void of scripted TV with an extra season of Big Brother.

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