The conflict between the AMPTP and WGA spilled out into public early last week when the studios announced the details of their most recent offer to the writers, which included concessions on all of the WGA’s core demands. The studio offers included protection against the use of AI to “replace” traditional screenwriters on projects or to limit writer compensation.
The studios also offered writers guarantees of minimum staffing levels on future productions. Surprisingly, the studios agreed to provide some additional insight into the viewership for streaming programs, with potential influence on calculating royalties and compensation.
After the WGA rejected the AMPTP counteroffer, the producers went public with details of their proposal and stated that this was their best and final offer. Clearly, the producers are expressing frustration with the stance being taken by the WGA’s negotiating committee. It is a move to enlist more popular support from the public, and perhaps even the rank-and-file members of the WGA itself.
The WGA negotiating committee responded by saying that the AMPTP counteroffer was “neither nothing nor nearly enough,” falling short in all major areas.
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