Hollywood Writers and Studios To Resume Talks as Strike Stretches Past 100 Days




The Hollywood writers union and the studios are going back to the bargaining table.

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to resume talks, according to Deadline.

A spokesman for the AMPTP, which speaks for the entertainment industry, declined to comment on the report. A spokesman for the WGA wasn’t available to comment.

The talks bring both sides back on the table after writers have walked the picket line for more than 100 days. The strike has halted all productions of shows and films, grinding the industry to a halt. Compounding this is a separate strike by SAG-AFTRA, the actors guild.

The strike has now lasted longer than the previous work stoppage that went 100 days from the end of 2007 to 2008.

The striking writers are asking for improved benefits and more transparency about show performance, as well as compensation that adapts to the new model of streaming content, which doesn’t offer the kind of lucrative residuals that older network TV shows and movies once paid out.

In addition, the writers are looking for more concrete protections against the use of artificial intelligence, which could theoretically ingest existing works to create wholly new scripts.

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