Following a strike lasting 146 days so far, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) yesterday reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) that they have described as "exceptional".
Although still subject to drafting final contract language and a vote by WGA leaders this Tuesday, after which a comprehensive summary of deal points and the Memorandum of Agreement will be released, the WGA have noted that they have "an agreement in principle on all deal points" and have suspended WGA picketing.
The WGA have also advised that their members are not to return to work until specifically authorized, and have encouraged members to join SAG-AFTRA picket lines this week.
Equity General Secretary, Paul W Fleming, said:
"Equity is pleased to see the positive news about a potential final offer to bring the end of the WGA dispute in the United States.
"Whether to accept the deal rests in the hands of WGA members, and we send them our solidarity as they deliberate after months of fighting hard.
"The implications of the offer for our members and other current disputes are currently being considered by Equity in conjunction with our USA sister union SAG-AFTRA. High level international meetings on the dispute are taking place in person this week.
"UK producers should be taking the same speedy and considered approach to these developments, as the core issues at play for the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are centre of Equity’s negotiations over the coming 12 months."