The Writers’ Strike Is Over. What Does That Mean?

The Writers’ Strike Is Over. What Does That Mean?

After nearly five months of picket lines and stalled productions, Hollywood‘s major film and television studios have reached a tentative agreement with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Though the specific details of the deal have yet to be made public, this weekend’s news is a major victory for the WGA—and the first step to better working conditions for over 11,000 writers in the entertainment industry.

“What we have won in this contract–most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd–is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the pain and uncertainty of the past 146 days,” the WGA stated in an email to members sent late Sunday night. “It is the leverage generated by your strike, in concert with the extraordinary support of our union siblings, that finally brought the companies back to the table to make a deal.”

As of now, the WGA’s members need to ratify the tentative agreement before the strike officially ends. The current work stoppage was a historic event for the WGA, nearly surpassing the 1988 strike—which lasted 154 days. “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’s statement continued. “To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then. But we are, as of today, suspending WGA picketing.”

In the meantime, the organization suggested that writers join the SAG-AFTRA strike—which remains ongoing. For those who need a of refresh, roughly 160,000 actors have also been on strike since mid-July, adding to this fall’s complete Hollywood freeze. They share many of the same concerns as the WGA, which included problems regarding declining residuals, lack of healthcare services, job assurances, and the threat of artificial intelligence.

Once the contract is ratified, Hollywood’s writers could technically return to work in a matter of days. That means pre-production on Stranger Things, Yellowstone, The Last of Us, Daredevil: Born Again, House of the Dragon, Severance, Andor, and many more can resume. The late-night talk shows will likely return to as soon as ratification occurs, following permission from the Guild. Hopefully, the striking actors will be able to reach an agreement soon as well.

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Josh Rosenberg is an Assistant Editor at Esquire, keeping a steady diet of one movie a day. His past work can be found at Spin, CBR, and on his personal blog at

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