Studios to Return to Bargaining Table With Striking Writers

( – There is still no end in sight for the ongoing writer’s strike in Hollywood, but many are hopeful as both parties continue to negotiate terms that would benefit all parties involved.

The strike, which began in May, saw writers protesting over matters such as compensation, residual income from streaming revenue, working conditions, the use of artificial intelligence and other new technologies, and other issues. Prior to this, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) was already in discussions with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) over these problems –but the failure for the parties to reach an agreement sparked the strike.

The AMPTP, which represents production studios such as Netflix, Walt Disney, Warner Bros Discovery, and others, has only recently return to the negotiating table since the more than 100-day strike began. The producers’ group has submitted a counter-proposal to the WGA demands, which the latter said it would need to review first and have its members deliberate it before issuing a response.

The writers’ group did not disclose details of the counterproposal to the public, saying in a message to its members that a “blow-by-blow description of the moves on each side,” was unnecessary and could in fact be detrimental to negotiations. However, the WGA warned that it would speak out if “management uses the media or industry surrogates to try to influence the narrative.”

If the WGA agrees to the terms, it would take around four days for the writers’ strike to officially end, as any contract with the AMPTP would need to be approved by the governing bodies of the WGA West and East branches, and the ratified by the guild’s members. The WGA last held a strike in towards the end of 2007 that lasted 100 days and ended in 2008.

However, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), which has also been striking against AMPTP, have had no progress in their own protests. SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland told its members that the producer’s group has not reached out to resume discussions, and have “refused to negotiate with us fairly.” The SAG-AFTRA has been going on for more than four weeks.

The strikes have had a significant impact on the entertainment industry, disrupting production schedules and leaving fans wondering when their favorite shows and movies will resume.

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