The full WGA membership will get to vote on whether or not to end the walkout, a sensible turnabout from the earlier plan to have the guild's board take that action on behalf of the rank and file. Outsiders might consider it a small point, but after being on the picket lines for more than three months the writers clearly prefer to end this thing with their own ballot. Anyway, the plan is for members to vote on Tuesday afternoon or evening (probably at the WGA Theater on Doheny). If they vote to end the strike, writers could be at work on Wednesday (instead of tomorrow, which had been the original plan). The Tuesday vote would not be to ratify the contract - that would come in the next couple of weeks. As for last night's meeting, all reports indicate overwhelming support for the deal. Here's how United Hollywood summed it up:
At times it felt like a victory rally. In fact, as of 10:30pm, there was only one openly hostile question during the Q&A session. It focused on the 17-day window for ad-supported streaming. Interestingly, the man who posed the question (pointedly saying, "You guys blinked.") drew some applause at first, but then elicited groans as his anger rose and he refused to relinquish the microphone. Many members have grave concerns about the 17-day window, but not to the same extent as that gentleman, who stormed from the room amid uncomfortable chuckling. That was the only moment of tension in what was, on the whole, a very inspirational evening.
*Update: The WGA's negotiating committee voted unanimously to accept the three-year deal. The full board is meeting to vote on the contract. The WGA has scheduled a press conference this afternoon. (WSJ)
**The governing boards have now signed off as well. (NYT)