For the past few days, the Writer’s Guild Of America and the studios (AMPTP) have been meeting to negotiate a new three-year deal to end the writer’s strike, which began back in May. These meetings have been lasting all day, going into the evening and have been attended by many of the CEOs of the major studios, including Disney’s Bob Iger, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Universal’s Donna Langley and Warner Bros Discovery’s David Zaslav.
There is lots of hope a deal could be finalised this week, and after three long days of meetings, the studios and writer’s union have announced that a fourth day of talks is going to be taking place later today. According to Deadline, there is “determination to get this done before the [Jewish] holiday”. Yom Kippur runs from sundown Sunday, 24th September 2023, to sundown Monday, 25th September 2023, this year. So if a deal isn’t reached today, it’s likely if they do meet up again, it might not happen until Tuesday.
The Writer’s Guild Of America and the studios have released a joint short statement confirming the news:
The WGA and AMPTP met for bargaining on Friday and will meet again on Saturday.
Thank you for the wonderful show of support on the picket lines today! It means so much to us as we continue to work toward a deal that writers deserve.
WGA Negotiating Committee
With development on shows and films across the US and beyond on hold, the studios are trying to resolve the strike so they can resume work and rescue the winter TV season. The studios are starting to feel the pinch from the impact of having no new films or episodes being written since May.
There is a lot of hope that the writers and studios will be able to make a deal, to allow the writers to return to work, which would give them time to start preparing scripts for returning shows for this winter and for writing on new shows/films to begin. The Screen Writers’ Guild of America is also still on strike, so filming can’t return until they come to a deal, but the studios have been focused on making a deal with the writers first, since the actors only went on strike in July.
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