The writers and producers of Hollywood are reportedly near an agreement to end the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike after a face-to-face meeting was held on Wednesday to discuss negotiations.
CNBC shared the news just yesterday Wednesday, September 20 that the two sides of the strike are reportedly hoping to finalize a deal today Thursday, September 21.
However, while the report claims the two sides remain “optimistic”, it’s also noted that if a deal is not met today, the strike could potentially last until the end of the year.
It’s safe to assume that if today’s reported deal is not finalised, WGA members could potentially remain picketing until 2024.
CNBC shared the news that the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers aka AMPTP released a joint statement about their Wednesday meeting which is set to continue negotiations today.
Members of the Writers Guild of America have been on strike now for over 100 days, the actors’ side of the industry a part of the Screen Actors Guild joined the picket lines in July.
Since the WGA and SAG-AFTRA began striking, various projects throughout the film and TV industry have been forced to halt developments and productions, leaving many titles delayed with some indefinitely delayed until the ongoing strikes end.
Today’s negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP seem to be the closest that the two sides have come to finding a resolution since the first major strike began on May 2nd.
The WGA’s strike has been expected in the past to last until around this time of year, however, as mentioned, it’s likely that their strike will last much longer if a deal is not met today, at least until the end of the year as said by CNBC.