Hollywood Writers’ Strike: Contract Talks to Resume Next Week

Negotiations aimed at resolving Hollywood’s ongoing writers’ strike are set to recommence next week, according to a statement from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) released on Thursday.

Representing the industry’s studios, streaming platforms, and production companies in union discussions, the AMPTP confirmed that they had reached out to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on Wednesday. Both parties have agreed to re-engage in talks, although specific details are still being worked out.

The statement emphasized the commitment of every member company within the AMPTP to achieving a fair agreement and collaborating with the WGA to bring an end to the strike.

Currently, there are no scheduled negotiations to address the actors’ strike.

For the past 4 1/2 months, writers have been on strike, focusing on issues such as fair pay, job stability, and the regulation of artificial intelligence usage in the industry.

Previous attempts to restart negotiations yielded little progress. In mid-August, a series of meetings took place, including one involving the leaders of major entertainment companies like Disney, Netflix, and Warner Bros. Discovery. However, writers reported feeling dissatisfied after exchanging contract proposals, describing the talks as primarily centered around praise for the studios’ counteroffer, leading to a stall in negotiations.

On Thursday, California lawmakers voted in favor of allowing striking workers to apply for unemployment benefits. Pending approval by Governor Newsom, the bill could potentially benefit not only the striking actors and screenwriters, but also Southern California hotel workers. However, it remains uncertain whether Newsom will sign the bill, as California’s unemployment benefits fund is currently facing financial challenges, with business groups expressing concerns about exacerbating the situation by expanding eligibility.

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