Hollywood writers reach a tentative deal with studios, agree to end strike

Screenwriters and studios in Hollywood have reached a tentative agreement, bringing an end to a five-month-long Writers Guild of America strike.

Background of the conflict: The Writers Guild of America had been on strike since around five months ago, causing major disruptions in Hollywood.
* The issue arose over matters such as screenwriters demanding higher pay and greater residuals when their work is re-aired on streaming services.
* They also requested for a residual formula based on the number of views a show receives on streaming platforms.

Negotiations and agreements: After several bargaining sessions including high-profile CEOs, the two sides have reached a tentative deal.
* The details of the agreement are yet to be made public.
* In their last counterproposal, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) offered showrunners the ability to hire at least two writers for each show.
* The studios have also reportedly agreed to some demands to protect writers’ work from using artificial intelligence in the writing process.

Another industry strike: The strike by the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has been ongoing since July and they have been awaiting the AMPTP to negotiate their new deal.
* The actors’ concerns and how their strike will be affected by the screenwriters’ tentative agreement, remains to be seen.

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