October 3, 2023

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Hollywood executives reach labor agreement, writers go on strike |  showbiz

Hollywood executives reach labor agreement, writers go on strike | showbiz

Major Hollywood studios have reached a temporary employment agreement with the Guild representing film and television directors. The deal is likely to prevent a work stoppage that would have pressured media companies to settle with the striking writers.

According to the DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents Netflix and The Walt Disney Co., among others, the agreement provides for, among other things, a 5 percent wage increase for the first year and guidelines for the use of intelligence. artificial. Artificial intelligence has become a major concern for writers and actors, who see their jobs as particularly vulnerable to the new technology.

The DGA has scheduled a vote on Tuesday to ratify the new contract. If approved, it could serve as a blueprint for a writers’ strike and upcoming talks between studios and SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents Hollywood actors.

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However, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike continues. The screenwriters have now been on strike for over a month and have not scheduled any new talks with Hollywood studios.

The last Hollywood writers’ union strike 15 years ago was marked by an agreement between the studios and the DGA. This time, however, that strategy won’t work, WGA negotiator Chris Keyser alleged on Friday. “Any agreement that puts this city back in business has to go straight through the WGA,” Keyser said in a YouTube video.

The WGA strike has already held up several projects, such as the production of nightly shows and other shows like Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones.”

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