Writers’ strike: What happened, how it ended and its impact on Hollywood

People hold red-and-black picket signs that read Writers Guild of America on Strike
Striking Writers Guild of America workers picket outside the Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

After a nearly five-month walkout, a tentative deal has been reached by the Writers Guild of America and the major Hollywood studios that would end a strike.

The deal does not include SAG-AFTRA, the performers union which is also on strike after its contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expired over the summer.

The WGA and AMPTP had been negotiating over pay, streaming residuals and other issues for a new contract to replace a three-year deal that expired May 1.

A majority of the WGA’s membership voted in April to authorize a strike if an agreement wasn’t reached.

In early May, the boards of directors of the WGA’s East and West Coast divisions voted to call a strike.

Southern California’s production economy was upended during the previous writers’ strike, which lasted 100 days and happened in 2007-08.

Here’s everything leading up to and what happened during the 2023 writers’ strike.