The WGA and AMPTP Have Reached to an Agreement
Hey everyone! Big news today, The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has reached to an agreement on a new three-year contract. The WGA had started a strike amid the unfair use of actors’ likeness to be generated by AI to populate various scenes. The strike had affected many ongoing productions- in our case not the Rings of Power since it is in the post production phase right now.
The strike had been going on for 146 days now and it seems it’ll end in a good note with the deal being made. After 4 days of negotiation the deal is set, if everything goes well and it gets approved by the Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board and WGAE Council the strike will end at a certain date (not today). The final vote is to be made on Tuesday. This is great news for the creative forces behind our favorite shows who deserve their works’ worth.
The WGA had announced the deal without many details yet, but has released a statement:
“What we have won in this contract—most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd—is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the pain and uncertainty of the past 146 days. It is the leverage generated by your strike, in concert with the extraordinary support of our union siblings, that finally brought the companies back to the table to make a deal. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional—with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.
What remains now is for our staff to make sure everything we have agreed to is codified in final contract language. And though we are eager to share the details of what has been achieved with you, we cannot do that until the last “i” is dotted. To do so would complicate our ability to finish the job. So, as you have been patient with us before, we ask you to be patient again—one last time.
Once the Memorandum of Agreement with the AMPTP is complete, the Negotiating Committee will vote on whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval. The Board and Council will then vote on whether to authorize a contract ratification vote by the membership.”
SAG-AFTRA (The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) has released a statement following the WGA to congratulate them:
“SAG-AFTRA congratulates the WGA on reaching a tentative agreement with the AMPTP after 146 days of incredible strength, resiliency, and solidarity on the picket lines. While we look forward to reviewing the WGA and AMPTP’s tentative agreement, we remain committed to achieving the necessary terms for our members. Since the day the WGA strike began, SAG-AFTRA members have stood alongside the writers on the picket lines. We remain on strike in our TV/Theatrical contract and continue to urge the studio and streamer CEOs and the AMPTP to return to the table and make the fair deal that our members deserve and demand.”
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