Hollywood writers say new studio proposal isn’t enough

Hollywood Writers Strike
Los Angeles, CA - May 02: Striking Writers Guild of America workers picket outside the Sunset Bronson Studios on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Hollywood studios and streaming services released the terms of a revised contract proposal to the striking writers, but the union urged its members to go ahead with the move as the new offer did not address all of their concerns.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) walked out of the job on May 2 after negotiations reached an impasse, and were later joined by members of the Screen Actors Guild, paralyzing productions across Hollywood and costing the California economy billions of dollars.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which negotiates on behalf of the likes of Walt Disney and Netflix, amended its offer to include new details on critical issues such as compensation, minimum staff, residual payments and limits on artificial intelligence.

Under the latest proposal, the WGA would get a 13% compounded salary increase over the three years of the contract, and AI-generated written content will not be considered “literary material.”

The streaming platforms also offered to provide the WGA, which represents some 11,500 film and television writers, with the total number of hours watched for each show made for streaming in confidential quarterly reports.

“We have come to the table with an offer that addresses the priority concerns expressed by the writers. We are deeply committed to ending the strike and look forward to the WGA working towards the same resolution,” said AMPTP President Carol Lombardini. , it’s a statement.

The WGA received the AMPTP counterproposal on August 11, and on Tuesday met with Walt Disney CEOs Bob Iger; from Warner Bros.David Zaslav; NBCUniversal Studio Group’s Donna Langley and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos to discuss the new offering.

“But this was not a meeting to make a deal. This was a meeting to make us cave,” the WGA said in a message to its members.