The Writers' Strike Is Officially Over

They'll be back to work tomorrow

That sound you hear is the hum of thousands of screenwriters' laptops all powering up at once. The scribes of Hollywood will be officially back to work tomorrow now that the WGA strike is officially over. All members of the guild voted over the past two days on terms that were agreed at the weekend. This means everyone can get back to writing movies and the Oscars can go ahead in full bells and whistles mode. This is a great day for the movie industry, but a terrible one for placard printers, who will find their industry taking a massive hit. We will be sending round a collection pot for them later.

The WGA released the following release at the end of the strike:

The membership of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today voted overwhelmingly in favor of lifting the restraining order and ending their 100-day strike that began on Nov. 5. 3,775 writers turned out in Los Angeles and New York to cast ballots or fax in proxies, with 92.5% voting in favor of ending the work stoppage.

"The strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work," said Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America, West. "This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet. Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed."

The success of this strike is a significant achievement not only for ourselves but the entire creative community, now and in the future," said Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America, East. "The commitment and solidarity of our members made it happen and have been an inspiration not only to us but the entire organized labor movement. We will build on that energy and unity to make our two unions stronger than ever."

WGAW and WGAE members will next vote to ratify the tentative three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The membership ratification vote will be conducted by mail and also at membership meetings on February 25, 2008.