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Hollywood’s strikes are over

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With both writers and actors on strike, Hollywood productions ground to a halt over the summer. Actors walked off of sets, and writers stopped working for months. Both writers and actors were fighting for contracts that prevent an AI from replacing them at their jobs, whether it’s writing scripts or appearing as a background actor.

The unions representing writers and actors — the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) — went on strike after their contracts expired with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the association that represents media companies like Netflix, Disney, Paramount, Universal, and others. While the WGA began its strike on May 2nd, SAG-AFTRA joined the writers at the picket lines on July 14th, marking the first time since 1960 that both unions have gone on strike at the same time.

The WGA was first to ratify a new three-year deal with the studios, and SAG-AFTRA followed by voting to ratify its agreement on December 5th.

Here’s the latest on the strikes.