Hollywood Writer Strike Continues As Major Studios Fail to Reach Agreement.


A protracted day of negotiations exceeding ten hours, between the striking writers and the executives of Hollywood’s four major studios, concluded without a resolution on Thursday evening, a knowledgeable insider anonymously reported due to discretion surrounding the talks. Despite the second consecutive day of robust discussions, the sought-after agreement that would mark the end of the historical Hollywood industry shutdown remains unsigned.

The Writers Guild of America’s (WGA) negotiation committee used an email to communicate with its members, relaying the updates of the session and confirming that the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) intend to reconvene on Friday. The committee expressed gratitude for the display of unity and encouragement received in recent days, while inviting as many participants as possible to join in the picket lines on the following day.

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After recommencing dialogue on Wednesday, the studio chiefs of AMPTP—including Warner Bros Discovery’s David Zaslav, Disney’s Bob Iger, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, and NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley — and the WGA concluded the day with a shared communiqué, an unexpected yet hopeful move that signals potential progress. This joint statement reflects a notable shift from past instances where both parties openly criticized each other’s remarks to the media.

The WGA initiated the strike on May 2 and marked its 143rd day on Thursday. The ongoing standoff is nearing the record of the union’s most extensive strike, which endured for 154 days in 1988. A significant number of productions had already come to a standstill even before SAG-AFTRA due to their solidarity with the WGA strike began on July 14.

On both sides of the negotiation table, there exist parallel demands, encompassing superior wages, residual payments from streaming platforms for their content, and employment safeguards in the face of advancing artificial intelligence.