Title: Writers’ Strike Hits 100-Day Milestone: Negotiations Stalled
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike has officially entered its 100th day, marking a significant milestone in the battle between the writers and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The co-chair of the WGA’s negotiating committee, Chris Keyser, alongside David A. Goodman, expressed their disappointment, referring to the milestone as a “milestone of shame” for the AMPTP.
Despite recent attempts to resume negotiations, the two sides have failed to reach an agreement on restarting talks for a new Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA). The WGA has expressed its willingness to engage in good faith negotiations in search of a fair deal, while the AMPTP has shown openness to discussing increased offers on certain writer-specific TV minimums and the inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI) discussions in the negotiation.
Fortunately, both sides are demonstrating a desire to move forward with official talks, potentially hinting at another invitation to resume discussions being extended in the near future. Behind-the-scenes conversations are currently taking place between studio executives and AMPTP representatives to review the issues that both parties intend to bring back to the negotiating table.
Several topics still need to be resolved, including writers’ room staffing sizes and success-based residuals. Studios have referred to the agreement reached by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) as the basis for talks, which has left writers dissatisfied. On the other hand, the WGA has added additional concerns to the agenda, such as a health care benefit extension and the right for WGA members to honor other unions’ picket lines.
Keyser and Goodman have criticized the AMPTP for not taking the writers’ reasonable proposals seriously, holding them responsible for the industry shutdown and its adverse impact on workers across the entertainment industry. However, the writers remain unified and resolute in their pursuit of a fair contract that accurately reflects the changing business model in the entertainment industry.
As the strike surpasses the 100-day mark, Deadline, the leading source for entertainment news, plans to delve into the impact on the movie business, shed light on the challenges faced by feature film screenwriters, honor the dedicated individuals on the picket lines, and even rank the various studio picket lines based on desirability and chaos.
The strike continues to be a pressing issue within the industry, affecting numerous individuals and the overall production schedule of TV shows and movies. The Bib Theorists will keep a close eye on the negotiations and provide updates as the situation progresses.
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