After three months of being on strike, this coming Friday, the Writer’s Guild Of America union has confirmed it will be sitting down with the AMPTP (The studios, which include Disney), to continue negotiations to enable them to get back to work.
The Writer’s Guild Of America sent out a note to its members stating:
“The AMPTP, through Carol Lombardini, reached out to the WGA today and requested a meeting this Friday to discuss negotiations. We’ll be back in communication with you sometime after the meeting with further information. As we’ve said before, be wary of rumours. Whenever there is important news to share, you will hear it directly from us,”
It was recently revealed that last Friday the studios came together for a meeting to discuss ways of getting the negotiations back underway to get things moving again once again in Hollywood.
The writers have been on strike since May for various reasons, including better working conditions, protection from Artificial Intelligence and better pay. Other topics needing to be resolved include issues such as minimum staffing, duration of employment and viewership-based streaming residuals
This meeting between the union and the studios doesn’t automatically mean the strike will be coming to an end this week, as the two sides are likely to still be far apart on some items, but ultimately, both sides need to resolve this situation to return to work eventually with some compromises from the union and studios.
While filming on many shows and films has been able to continue for the past few months due to the studios working on finished scripts, once the actors went on strike last month, filming has come to a close on many of Disney’s scripted projects including the Disney+ shows “Daredevil: Born Again” and “Wonder Man”. Though, Disney has been able to continue to make unscripted television and filming has still been able to continue on many international projects.
Hopefully, with the studios and union coming together for talks later this week, they can take steps forward to resolving the situation and resuming work.