Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on May 24, 2017.
Ratification of the new three-year WGA film and TV contract has been overwhelmingly — almost unanimously — approved by members of the WGA East and West, bringing to a close Hollywood’s most contentious contract struggle in a decade. Of the 3,647 valid votes cast there were 3,617 “yes” votes (99.2%) and 30 “no” votes (.8%). There were 9,441 eligible voters. The term of the agreement is from May 2, 2017 through May 1, 2020.
“Our success in these negotiations was due to a highly engaged and dedicated membership, working in tandem with a tireless and informed Negotiating Committee and an extraordinary Guild staff. We achieved new and significant gains that will help today’s writers even as they benefit the next generation,” said WGAW President Howard Rodman and WGAE President Michael Winship. “Our thanks go out to all of those who contributed to the process and to the thousands of our fellow writers who participated in the strike authorization and ratification votes.”
Conducted amidst a blizzard of news coverage despite a so-called “media blackout,” the negotiations had all the drama of a well-written potboiler, with the industry bracing for a threatened strike as negotiations came down to the wire on May 1. A deal was reached and a strike averted, however, just after the midnight expiration of the old contract. Guild leaders unanimously recommended ratification, and now have an agreement that’s widely seen as a win-win for both sides. …