Writers on strike and studio representatives are set to meet this week to reopen negotiation talks

by Chloe Baker
Hollywood Writers Strike Negotiations

On Tuesday night, leaders of the striking writers’ union informed their Hollywood-based membership about their intent to convene with studio delegates to discuss recommencing negotiations. This is the first officially acknowledged interaction between the two factions since the initiation of the strike three months ago.

In an email circulated to members, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) disclosed that the chief of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) – an organization representing leading studios, streaming platforms, and production companies in the negotiations – has sought a meeting scheduled for Friday to deliberate over the revival of contract discussions.

“Post-meeting, we’ll get back to you with additional details,” read the email. “As we’ve previously mentioned, stay cautious of speculations. We’ll personally communicate any significant news to you.”

It was unclear whether a similar proposal had been made to the union heads of Hollywood actors, who have been on strike since July 14.

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When questioned about the likelihood of discussions with either union, a spokesperson for the AMPTP merely responded via email, “We are dedicated to identifying a path towards agreements that will benefit both Unions.”

An attempt to reach a representative from the Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the union representing striking film and TV actors, via email remained unanswered.

Negotiations between the screenwriters and their employers hit a deadlock on May 1, with the initial strike paralyzing Hollywood production from the next day. The strike revolves around issues such as wage levels in the face of inflation, the trend of employing smaller writing teams for brief TV show seasons, and the question of authority over the use of artificial intelligence in scriptwriting.

“By this point, I had been hopeful of having initiated some kind of dialogue with the industry,” stated SAG-AFTRA Executive Director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland in an interview with The Big Big News earlier on Tuesday, before the email notification to the writers was dispatched. “Obviously, this has yet to transpire, but I remain hopeful.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hollywood Writers Strike Negotiations

When did the Hollywood writers’ strike begin?

The Hollywood writers’ strike began three months ago from the point of the report, which was written on August 2, 2023. Therefore, the strike likely started in early May 2023.

Who is planning to restart negotiations?

The Writers Guild of America (WGA), representing the striking writers, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), representing the studios, are planning to restart negotiations.

What are some of the key issues behind the writers’ strike?

The key issues behind the strike include inflation-adjusted pay rates, the employment of smaller writing staff for shorter seasons of TV shows, and control over the use of artificial intelligence in the screenwriting process.

Has there been any communication between the striking writers and the studios since the strike began?

The report indicates that this planned meeting is the first official communication between the striking writers and the studios since the strike began.

Are Hollywood actors also on strike?

Yes, the Hollywood actors have also been on strike since July 14. The report does not indicate whether similar negotiations are planned with their representatives.

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DramaQueen August 2, 2023 - 2:59 pm

OMG! They need to fix this fast. No new season of my fav show this year 🙁 this is killing me…

MovieLover101 August 3, 2023 - 12:32 am

its about time they startd talkin again! i miss my shows 🙁

HollywoodInsider August 3, 2023 - 3:05 am

Can’t believe the negotiations collapsed in the first place. These are people’s livelihoods at stake. get it together, folks.

UnionStrong August 3, 2023 - 3:52 am

good on the guilds for standing their ground. workers rights matter! we stand with you!

ScreenScribe August 3, 2023 - 6:15 am

Talks, finally! Let’s hope they sort out the AI issue. This could change the entire industry.

TheRealDeal August 3, 2023 - 6:22 am

So, who gets control over AI in scriptwriting? That’s gonna be a game changer in the industry. Keep an eye on that, folks.


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