I think it’s over, or it’s nearly over folks! There’s now an end in sight to the strikes that have shut down Hollywood the last few months. As I am sure you are well aware the WGA and the SAG-AFTRA have been striking over a new deal with Hollywood studios. This strike action means there’s no scripted live action wiring happening and there’s no production because actors are also on strike and can’t even promote movies already made.
To say that the geek movie news factory has slowed down since the strikes would be an understatement. Won’t mention any names, but there’s one major geek news site that was covering new Eggo products to fill space. It’s been rough for everyone, including the fans.
Now all the trades, including Deadline, which I used as my source, are reporting an end is in site.
Here is what Deadline reported later on Saturday.
A deal in the latest negotiations between the WGA and studios CEOs to end the nearly five-month-long writers strike looks within sight.
During the meeting today at the AMPTP Sherman Oaks office, the parties appear to have essentially untangled their stalemate over AI, writing room staffing levels, and the last remaining matters of contention.
This was then updated later in the day to say this:
After a full day of negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP, the guild’s lawyers are reviewing what the studios call their “best and final offer.” We understand that the WGA is going over deal points, and we should have more clarity on Sunday.
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You’ll notice so far there is no mention of the SAG-AFTRA strike being close to ending. That would be the next step if a deal is agreed with the WGA. One thing at a time. However, this remains good news and hopefully if completely finalized we will start to get some scripts submitted and Hollywood can at least plan what comes next. No productions will be happening until both strikes are resolved though, so don’t book your tickets just yet.
I fully support both strikes. However, none of us like this. If both unions get what they were after then it’s happy days for us all. Can’t wait to have some proper news to report instead of only rumors from pre-strikes. Maybe we will even get the Fantastic Four casting finalized finally? Still some time to go, but looking good so far folks.
Are you happy to see an end in sight to the strikes that have shut down Hollywood? Or have you taken up new hobbies in the past few months and now wish to see the entertainment industry destroyed in your fiery vengeance? Thoughts below.