After more than a hundred and ten days since the start of the extensive writers’ strike in Hollywood, major studios have presented a new package of proposals to the protesting writers.
For the first time since the protests began in May, the Writers Guild of America has announced that it is in negotiations with major Hollywood studios and has received a new package of proposals.
According to reports from the Institute for Democracy and Non-Violence and quoting news agencies, the Writers Guild of America has informed its members that it will respond to the negotiation offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents companies that includeWalt Disney and Netflix, in the coming days.
On August 4th, the Writers Guild of America and AMPTP held a meeting to discuss the resumption of negotiations. The leaders of the Writers Guild of America met with Carol Lombardini, the CEO of AMPTP, in an effort to restart talks. In the meeting, Lombardini emphasized that individuals simply want to return to work.
Last week, the union sent a message to its members stating that the conditions that have increasingly threatened writers’ jobs must be a top priority. It should be noted that in the early hours of July 13th, tens of thousands of Hollywood actors went on strike, joining the civil protests and halting the massive film and television industry’s operations after 63 years, as they joined the Writers Guild of America’s strike.
The Hollywood film industry has faced a significant challenge due to the strikes of the Writers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) – in their fight for increased basic wages and aguarantee against being replaced by artificial intelligence.
The primary requests of these two entertainment entities include limiting the excessive use of artificial intelligence in the film industry, increasing the share of income from online streaming platforms, and significantly raising minimum wages to account for inflation.
This extensive protest, which has significantly impacted the film industry, has led to project shutdowns and delays in cinema releases.
This is the first dual strike (writers and actors) in over 60 years.