Hollywood writers reach tentative agreement to end strike
The Writers Guild has reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, a group that represents Hollywood studios, to bring an end to the union's months-long strike.
The writers' union went on strike in May, demanding increased residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes in writers' rooms, and safeguards against the use of AI to create scripted content.
If ratified, the potential deal could result in writers resuming work on movies and TV shows. However, full production will not commence until the actors' union, SAG-AFTRA, concludes its own strike. The actors' union went on strike in July, citing similar grievances as the writers.
As the Hollywood studio machine gears up again, daytime and late-night talk shows will be the first to return. Industry sources speculate that if the writers return to work shortly, followed by an agreement with the actors, filming of scripted shows could resume by Thanksgiving. These shortened seasons are then expected to premiere next year.
Production on the seventh season of Young Sheldon, which is the final season in its current three-season deal, has been delayed along with other network TV shows due to the dual strikes. Executive producer Steve Holland had previously mentioned that there were discussions about the seventh season being Young Sheldon's last. However, the potential strikes at that time made it uncertain how long this season would be.