After four consecutive meetings the Writers Guild of Americathe union representing film and TV screenwriters who have been on strike for almost five months, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producersthe association representing traditional studios and streaming platforms, they would have almost reached an agreement which would be expected in the next few hours. On the fourth day of trading, which concluded in the United States around five in the afternoon, the AMPTP sent to the WGA a “best and last offer” for the renewal of the three-year category contract. On the draft, which is now being examined by the WGA’s lawyers, there would be an agreement as early as Friday evening. The details of the document are still unknown, but the Studios would have accepted part of it of the WGA’s requests on increases in the minimum wage, on guarantees in the screenplay writing phase, on the increase in copyright for streaming works and on protections against artificial intelligence. “It’s a question of choice of words now,” he said Variety a source close to the negotiations. The governor of the state also pushed for the resolution of the dispute, which according to economists has so far caused California an economic loss of five billion dollars. Gavin Newsomwho has called key negotiators and executives every day since Thursday.
THE ACTORS’ STRIKE
Instead, stay The Screen Actors Guild is on strike, the actors’ union, with which the producers will have to reopen the bargaining table that was missed in mid-July. “We had no choice. We are the victims here. We are victims of a very greedy entity,” Fran Drescher, president of SAG-AFTRA, said at the time. The actors’ strike paralyzed the production of films and TV series with immediate effect, already slowed down by the scriptwriters’ protest. Famous Hollywood faces such as Susan Sarandon, Jason Sudeikis and Kevin Bacon they crossed their arms on the streets of American cities, while upon arriving at the 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival the actress Jessica Chastain showed off a t-shirt explicitly referring to the SAG-AFTRA strike. While waiting for a resolution of the differences between actors and producers, important events such as the Emmy Awards have also been postponed.