The Oscars should proceed as normal in two weeks now that the so-called ‘Hollywood writers’ strike’ has ended.
Hollywood writers are set return to work after voting overwhelmingly to end their three-month strike.
The Writers Guild of America announced the result of a vote of its members in New York and Beverly Hills. Some 3,492 voted yes, with only 283 voting to stay on strike.
“At the end of the day, everybody won. It was a fair deal and one that the companies can live with, and it recognises the large contribution that writers have made to the industry,” said Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp.
Mr Moonves was among the media executives who helped broker a deal after talks between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios, collapsed in acrimony in December.
Payments for TV shows and movies distributed online was the most contentious issue in the bitter dispute involving the 12,000-member union and the world’s largest media companies and other producers.
Under a tentative contract approved Sunday by the union’s board of directors, writers would get a maximum flat fee of about 1,200 dollars for streamed programmes in the deal’s first two years and then get 2 per cent of a distributor’s gross in year three.
“These advances now give us a foothold in the digital age,” said Patric Verrone, president of the West Coast guild.
“Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as television migrates to the internet.”