It’s official, the strike is over. In balloting conducted Tuesday in Beverly Hills and New York, approximately 3,775 WGA members voted overwhelmingly (92.5%) to end their 100-day walkout reports Reuters.
Officials also sent members e-mails explaining their obligation to return to jobs, saying that “If you were employed when the strike began, you should plan to report to work on Wednesday. If you’re not employed at an office or other work site, call or e-mail your employer that you are resuming work. If you have been told not to report to work or resume your services, we recommend that you still notify your employer in writing of your availability to do so.”
Now members will cast ballots on whether to ratify the tentative contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. Voting by mail or at membership meetings is set for Feb. 25 in Los Angeles and New York.
What does that mean for productions? Late-night TV network and cable talk shows like Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are expected to start up again with scripted episodes from tonight.
Actual television series, with actors on the set, won’t get under way for a couple of weeks as scripts and filming needs to be conducted. Sitcoms will take about six weeks to get back on the air, dramas about eight weeks. Most shows are planning an additional batch of around half a dozen episodes from mid-late April through til late May.
The fallout in the film industry is unsure at the moment, especially with the actor’s strike still pending in June. Currently shooting productions are now able to undergo rewrites on the scripts, meaning reshoots on some projects will inevitably happen.