LOS ANGELES — Hollywood writers and producers reached a tentative contract agreement early Tuesday as talks continued past the midnight strike deadline, averting a costly walkout that would have immediately sent late night talk shows into reruns and eventually impacted scripted series and feature films in development.
A spokesman for film and television producers, Jarryd Gonzalez, confirmed reports that the tentative pact had been agreed on.
The Writers Guild of America said the tentative deal would cover its writers for three years if ratified by its members.
The guild’s negotiaitng committee released a statement to its members saying in part, “Did we get everything we wanted? No. Everything we deserve? Certainly not. But because we had the near-unanimous backing of you and your fellow writers, we were able to achieve a deal that will net this Guild’s members $130 million more, over the life of the contract, than the pattern we were expected to accept.”
Cmpensation and health care issues had been the major sticking points of this contract’s negotiations.
The deal’s announcement came more than 90 minutes after the previous contract expired. Picketing could have started Tuesday morning.
The WGA and producers negotiated since March 13.
Guild members voted overwhelmingly last month to authorize a strike, and the WGA could have called for an immediate walkout Tuesday.
The two sides held to a media blackout during negotiations and declined to provide updates on how far apart they were.
Still, Variety reported early Tuesday that the talks had been successful: