Screenwriters in the US say they have reached a tentative deal with studio bosses that could see them end a strike that has lasted nearly five months.

The Writers Guild of America, WGA, said it was “exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers”. WGA members must still have a final say.

It is the longest strike to affect Hollywood in decades and has halted most film and TV production.

A separate dispute involves actors, who are also on strike.

According to an estimate from Milken Institute economist Kevin Klowden, the writers’ walkout, which began on May 2, 2023, has cost the US economy around 5-billion dollars or just over 4-billion Pounds.