Hollywood writers' strike ends after 146 days of strike action - report

The Hollywood writers' strike has reportedly ended after 146 days of strike action.

Variety magazine said on Monday the Writers Guild of America and major studios and streamers have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.

The Hollywood publication said negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers had hashed out the terms after five consecutive days of talks.

The details of language around the use of "generative AI in content production" was one of the last items discussed before the deal was presented.

"We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional - with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership," an email from the WGA said to its members.

"To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then," the email also cautioned.

Picketing has reportedly been suspended from Sunday (US time) and a vote is expected on Tuesday.

"Though we are eager to share the details of what has been achieved with you, we cannot do that until the last 'i' is dotted," the message to members stated. "To do so would complicate our ability to finish the job. So, as you have been patient with us before, we ask you to be patient again - one last time."

The writers downed tools on May 2 because they couldn't reach a new contract agreement with studios as the industry continues to shift to streaming.

However, the strikes that have crippled Hollywood's creative industry are not over yet.

Members of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) remain on strike: they began action on July 14, in solidarity with the writers.

There is still no word yet on a resolution of their dispute, and members of the WGA were on Sunday asked to join SAG-AFTRA on the picket lines as the industrial action continues.