Hollywood screenwriters ratify the new agreement with the studios

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Hollywood screenwriters voted overwhelmingly in favor of the new contract they fought with the studios, the union said Monday, ending one of the industry's longest strikes.

"99% of WGA (Writers Guild of America) members voted to ratify" the contract, allowing them to return to work with better conditions, the guild said on social media.

Approval by the union that brings together some 11,500 members was almost taken for granted.

Last month, after 148 days on strike, WGA negotiators reached an agreement with content platforms such as Netflix and Disney, and achieved better wages and greater protections against the use of artificial intelligence, among other changes.

Most of the writers returned to work almost two weeks ago, because they anticipated that the agreement would be ratified.

Despite the agreement, film and television production companies in Hollywood have not yet resumed activities at full speed since the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), which represents some 160,000 artists, also remains paralyzed by a contractual fight. .

Talks between the studios and SAG-AFTRA, which went on strike in July, began last week and are due to resume Monday.

SAG-AFTRA's demands on salaries and limitations on the use of AI go deeper than those of screenwriters.

The Motion Picture and Television Producers Alliance, which represented the industry's largest studios in negotiations with the WGA, praised the outcome of the screenwriters' vote.

"AMPTP companies congratulate the WGA on the ratification of its new contract, which represents important benefits and protections for screenwriters," the group said in a statement.

"It's important progress for our industry to get screenwriters back to work."

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