The Hollywood strike, which has been going on for almost five months, may have its days numbered

Greve em Hollywood, que dura há quase cinco meses pode ter os dias contados

Hollywood studios and screenwriters have reached an agreement to end the strike, after a marathon five days of negotiations. However, the agreement has to be approved by the leadership and members of the WGA.

According to SIC Notícias, the screenwriters' union and Hollywood studios have reached an agreement in principle to end a historic strike that has lasted almost five months.

THE WGA (Writers Guild of America) announced the agreement in a joint statement with AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers), a group that represents Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBC Universal, Paramount and Sony, published on Sunday.

The agreement "was made possible thanks to the enduring solidarity of WGA members and the extraordinary support of partner unions who joined the picket lines for more than 146 days," the WGA said in an email to members.

The agreement, which will be valid for three years, was reached after a marathon five days of negotiations and has to be approved by the WGA leadership and members before the strike officially ends.

Once this happens, productions such as talk-shows will be able to return.

Actress and presenter Drew Barrymore had already announced in the middle of the month that she was going to re-tape the daytime talk show without the striking writers, and although she wasn't technically breaking the strike, the decision was hotly contested.

However, the Hollywood television and film industry will continue to be far from normal, as the actors' strike will continue and negotiations between the actors' union have not resumed SAG-AFTRA and the studios.

In a statement, SAG-AFTRA congratulated the WGA for reaching an agreement "after 146 days of incredible strength, resilience and solidarity on the picket lines".

"While we look forward to analyzing the tentative agreement between the WGA and the AMPTP, we remain committed to reaching the necessary terms for our members," the union stressed.

SAG-AFTRA went on to "urge the CEOs of the studios and platforms and the AMPTP to come back to the table and make a fair deal".

The writers' and actors' strike in Hollywood has already cost California around five billion dollars, according to the Milken Institute.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass issued a statement congratulating both sides on the agreement and said she hoped the same could happen soon with the actors.

"Now we must focus on getting the entertainment industry and all the small businesses that depend on it back on their feet," said Bass.

On May 2, some 11,500 members of the WGA went on strike over pay issues and the use of artificial intelligence to create arguments.

Actors and screenwriters want to guarantee that studios won't use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to replace them and want to receive residual payments in the streaming model through platforms like Netflix.

Previously, these payments were given to artists from revenues from series or films licensed for international markets or retransmitted on television.

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