Thursday, May 23, 2024

UPDATE: Writers Guild Strike Negotiations Continue Saturday as No Deal is Reached


SAT 1:19AM UPDATE: Progress but no deal. From the WGA: “To our members: The WGA and AMPTP met for bargaining on Friday and will meet again on Saturday. Thank you for the wonderful show of support on the picket lines today! It means so much to us as we continue to work toward a deal that writers deserve.”

SO MUCH FOR THIS; I’m told reliably that the Writers Guild and the AMPTP are heading for a settlement agreement right now. “We may get something tonight,” says an encouraging source. It will be West Coast time. Today marked the 144th day since the WGA went on strike.

Everyone is hoping for a conclusion in which the striking writers get paid properly and have assurances against things like artificial intelligence replacing humans.

Even if the settlement is reached there will have to be a membership vote to ratify the agreement.

Then there’s the matter of the SAG AFTRA strike, about which we’ve heard nothing in the way of negotiations lately. The hope is the AMPTP will propose a similar settlement to the actors union, paving the way for a return to work, promotion, and and resumption of much needed wages.

No one in Hollywood will ever forget these strikes, and the dedication and persistence of the union members. The strikes have set a standard for all unions.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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