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TV Will Go On

Hollywood writers, producers agree on a new contract, averting a damaging strike

Just after a midnight deadline on Tuesday, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced a tentative deal on a three-year contract, averting a damaging strike set to begin Tuesday morning. Negotiations had been ongoing in fits and starts since March 13, and last week 96 percent of WGA members authorized a strike, threatening an immediate halt to late-night TV shows and soap operas and more gradual problems for films and scripted TV shows.

In the new contract, subject to WGA member ratification, the writers got increased pay for the shorter TV seasons that are more common on streaming platforms, higher health contributions, and protected parental leave, among other concessions by the Hollywood producers. "Did we get everything we wanted? No," the WGA told members in a memo early Tuesday. "Everything we deserve? Certainly not. But because we had the near-unanimous backing of you and your fellow writers, we were able to achieve a deal that will net this guild's members $130 million more, over the life of the contract, than the pattern we were expected to accept."