After exactly 100 days, WGA members are expected to officially end the strike today. WGA boards voted Sunday to submit the proposed end to the strike to the WGA membership, which will likely approve it today. WGA finalized the tentative deal with AMPTP early Saturday and presented the details to WGA members in meetings in LA and NYC. After meeting Sunday morning, the WGA Negotiating Committee recommended deal with producers to the WGA West Board and WGA East Council.
Show runners were already back on the job yesterday. Writers should be back tomorrow if all goes as planned. A ratification vote will follow in the next week or so.
The TV industry will immediate fire back into production full speed ahead, getting many current shows back on the air as soon as possible, as well as jumping into an abbreviated development season for next fall. The networks are expected to extend midseason into June to air more new episodes.
Networks will also decide what venued upfront presentations they’ll present, if any, for the upfront selling season. Fox has said it will offer a full upfront presentation, NBC has said an upfront will be very minimalist this year.
In the Sunday press conference in LA, WGA West president Patric Verrone outlined the results of the negotiations, which we detailed on our website TVBR.com.
WGA West President Patric Verrone credited News Corp. President Peter Chernin, Disney CEO Bob Iger and CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, with "being instrumental in making this deal happen."