It looks like the writers’ strike in the United States could be nearing an end. Union leaders have urged more than 10,000 members of the WGA to accept a tentative contract deal. They held closed door meetings in New York and Los Angeles to discuss the finer details. Writers could go back to work almost immediately.
Film and television writers downed tools last November. The dispute has centred on repeat rights and payment for media distributed over the internet. It has thrown the American television and film industry into turmoil.
The knock-on effect has seen actors and directors also sitting on their hands, along with thousands of other entertainment workers. The cost of the strike has been put at up to one billion euros.
With the Oscars looming the pressure has been mounting to find a solution. The union secured a major coup last month when it managed to force the cancellation of the Golden Globes Award ceremony.