Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and major studios are set to resume next week, marking a significant development in the ongoing writers’ strike that has been ongoing for four months. Variety was the first to report this news.
The WGA has requested a meeting with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and the studios have agreed to schedule a meeting next week. The guild is seeking a streaming residual based on viewership and a mandatory minimum number of writers per TV show, which would increase with the number of episodes.
The AMPTP has rejected these demands but offered to make viewership data available for future residual proposals.
The strike began on May 2 and could become the longest in WGA history if it continues past October 4. The AMPTP has not resumed talks with SAG-AFTRA, which also went on strike on July 14, marking the first time in 63 years that both unions have been on strike simultaneously.
Tensions have risen recently, with some talk shows resuming production without writers, drawing criticism from the WGA, which has warned against violating strike rules by writing literary material for those shows.
The upcoming talks will be closely watched, as both sides seek to find common ground and end the strike that has disrupted the entertainment industry for months.
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