With negotiations concluding on Friday, Hollywood’s top corporations and the Writers Guild of America will meet again the following week after studios presented the union with their latest counter-offer.
In a message to members Friday night, the WGA negotiating committee reiterated that the studios offered “answers to our proposals across all areas of work” last Friday, August 11. “We met this week and continued to exchange suggestions. We will continue to meet next week,” the committee told members.
The group, co-led by Chris Keyser and David Goodman, also thanked its members for “messages of support and solidarity” and cautioned them about “third-party rumors,” adding, “The guild will communicate if we believe something is happening.” importance to report.”
Before their meeting on Friday, both sides had also agreed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. According to a studio source, the AMPTP responded to the guild’s latest counter-offer on Friday, putting the ball back in the WGA’s court. (thr has reached out to the WGA for comment.) On the same day, senior company CEOs met in the morning to review talks progress to date; No further details on this meeting were available at the time of going to press.
Company sources were optimistic, saying talks are moving forward but not yet reaching a breakthrough. Meanwhile, the union remained relatively silent beyond Friday’s message. “Everyone is trying to come forward and find a solution,” said one executive thr. “There is more positive momentum this week than last.”
The WGA updated its members on the 109th day of the 2023 writers’ strike, now 9 days longer than the union’s last strike in 2007-08, a work stoppage that cost the California economy an estimated $2.1 billion. The strike, along with a strike called by SAG-AFTRA in July, has completely halted US script production under union contracts, postponed the release dates of some titles and halted star promotions for upcoming projects.
Lesley Goldberg provided additional reports.