Writers Guild of America Goes on Strike After Failing to Reach Agreement with AMPTP
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has called for a strike after failing to reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) over a new minimum bargaining agreement. The strike is the first in 15 years and will affect the production of most Hollywood TV shows. Late-night talk shows have already shut down, with networks airing reruns instead. Soap operas and other TV shows will likely halt production once existing scripts have been used up. The WGA is demanding higher wages to keep up with inflation, content spends and company profits. The AMPTP claims to have offered “generous increases in compensation for writers, as well as improvements in streaming residuals”. The DGA and SAG-AFTRA unions for directors and actors respectively are set to begin negotiations with the AMPTP in the coming months.
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