After Five Months of Strike: “Temporary Agreement” Between Screenwriters and Hollywood Studios

NAfter nearly five months of strike action, a “tentative agreement” has been reached between the screenwriters union and major US studios and streaming providers. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced Sunday in Los Angeles that this is a fundamental agreement that still needs to be finalized. Hollywood writers went on strike in early May.

“We can say with great pride that this agreement is exceptional – providing significant benefits and guarantees for authors across all areas of our membership,” the WGA said. However, details cannot yet be provided. The WGA also made it clear that until an agreement is finalized, the strike will continue – even if WGA members no longer have to take to the streets for their own sake, but at most to support the actors and actresses who are also on strike.

Representatives from the WGA and representatives from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) sat around the negotiating table for several days for the first time in weeks. It was reported that Disney boss Bob Iger and the CEO of media giant Warner Bros. took part in the negotiations. Discovery David Zaslav.

After unsuccessful negotiations for better working conditions, more than 11,000 Writers Guild screenwriters went on strike in early May. The authors called for, among other things, higher wages, better working conditions, increased subsidies for health care and pension benefits, and regulation of the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

In mid-July, about 160 thousand actors from the SAG-AFTRA actors’ union joined the authors with similar demands. The battle between producers and the actors’ union continues to escalate, with no talks taking place since the strike began in July.

The first double strike of actors and screenwriters in the United States in more than 60 years has brought Hollywood to a virtual standstill. Due to the labor dispute, it was practically impossible to make films and TV series. Due to the strike, actors are also not allowed to promote their films. Film releases were delayed and awards season was also affected. The world’s most important television awards, the Emmys, originally scheduled for mid-September, will now not take place until January 2024.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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