Writers Guild of America Ratifies New Contract with Hollywood Studios

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) rang in a new chapter with Hollywood studios on Monday, with a sweeping majority of its members solidly behind a new three-year contract.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Writers Guild of America Ratifies New Contract with Hollywood Studios
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The Writers Guild of America (WGA) rang in a new chapter with Hollywood studios on Monday, with a sweeping majority of its members solidly behind a new three-year contract.

A Monumental Vote

With a whopping 99% approval rate, 8,435 members gave a resounding “yes” to the new deal, dwarfing the mere 90 members who voted against it.

The contract will span from September 25 of this year and run until May 1, 2026. Meredith Stiehm, president of Writers Guild of America West, remarked, “Through solidarity and determination, we have ratified a contract with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of our combined membership”.

The sense of unity and purpose within the Guild was palpable.

The Highlights of the Deal

The new agreement promises a slew of benefits for writers, including:

  • Pay Hikes: Writers will enjoy a pay raise each year for the next three years.
  • AI Safeguards: A move that acknowledges the changing digital landscape, the contract places limitations on the use of artificial intelligence.
  • Streaming Residuals: In a nod to the booming streaming industry, a new residual system based on viewership will be implemented.
  • Health and Retirement Benefits: The Guild managed to negotiate higher contribution rates to health benefits and pensions.
  • Minimum Writer Numbers: TV shows will now have a guaranteed number of writers in their writers’ rooms.
Notably, the return of celebrated late-night shows like those of Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver marked the end of the production halt that followed the strike.

Screen Actors Guild Takes the Baton

As WGA inks its new deal, all eyes are now on the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). They've recently begun their own negotiations with heavyweights such as Disney, Paramount, Netflix, Universal, and Warner Bros.

Discovery. Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, president of Writers Guild of America East, expressed the Guild's support for the actors. “Until the studios make a deal that addresses the needs of performers, WGA members will be on the picket lines, walking side-by-side with SAG-AFTRA in solidarity,” she stated.

The coming weeks promise to be eventful as negotiations unfold, but the WGA's recent success is a testament to the power of unity and negotiation in the world of entertainment.

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