The deal goes to the board tomorrow and to the membership soon after that.
I'm gonna say the following with the assumption that all goes well in both stages there.
(which is NOT guaranteed, but the negcom voting unanimously for it is a good sign)
Christmas eve and New Year's eve both fall on Sundays this year. That gives us five weeks in the calendar for the rest of 2023.
If I was a studio (full disclosure: I ain't.) I'd be thinking of the following things, in order of priority.
Promotion: The Marvels kicks off this weekend, and the holiday tentpoles will be in full swing. As many stars as can be brought in to do publicity needs to be arranged. A secondary concern is awards season
(The Emmys and Golden Globes happen in January, the Oscars in March)
As far as audiences go, get ready for a LOT of trailers to be thrown at your eyeballs in the coming weeks.
Completing halted production: While the studios went to a lot of effort to complete as many productions as possible before the strike, there's still some out there. Assets need to be pulled out of storage, a fuckload of schedules need to be juggled, and productions need to be finished to varying degrees. I'm told Beetlejuice 2 has 2 days left, Wicked has about a week.
A secondary factor is productions that were completed in the first half of 2023. Rough cuts have been put together, and any needed reshoots need to be scheduled.
Going into production: Some projects didn't start filming before the strike began. Some of them will fall by the wayside, others need to ramp up and start filming. Expect another scheduling snarl, along with some rehires and recasting.
Pilot season: It's coming, which means pitches need to be heard and pilots need to be ordered.
So what does this mean?
For fans, you'll probably be hearing about a lot more stuff.
for industry folk, chances are going back to work might not happen until sometime next year. As always, check your stuff and be ready to go at a moment's notice.
Actors, if you haven't updated your size card or done a mock self-tape in a while, now might be a good time.
And above all?
REMEMBER YOUR CREW.
IATSE wound up just as out of work as we were this entire time.
A lot of them hit the picket lines with us.
Their contract is up for renewal next year.
If they wind up in a fight, be ready to fight with them.
Take care of yourselves out there.