NYC Filming Permits Drop 53% In First Full Month Of Dual Hollywood Strikes

New York City filming permits declined 53% year over year in August, which marked the first full month of the year during which both the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists were on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

DGA Email Scandal: Members Urged Not To Elect 10 Writers To Board

In a leaked email that has been shared widely in the creative community, Linda Montanti, chair of the guild’s Western AD/UPM Council, urged a bloc of DGA voters to not support the board candidacies of a number of multihyphenates who are members of both the DGA and WGA — some of whom have been outspoken about strike issues. The list includes writer-producer Boots Riley, Oscar-winning CODA writer-director Sian Heder, actor-filmmaker Justine Bateman, actor-writer Paul Scheer and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. The unorthodox move prompted DGA president Lesli Linka Glatter to contact the members affected to assure them that Montanti’s move was not condoned by top DGA leaders.

‘Supernatural’ Creator Eric Kripke Talks Streaming Residuals, Importance Of Writers Room

California State Treasurer Tells Media CEOs To “Return To Negotiations, Work Toward Fair Deal With Writers And Actors”

“I write with deep concern regarding your failure to end the ongoing strike,” Fiona Ma said in letters dated August 30 to Disney chief executive Bob Iger, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish (pictured), Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Netflix co-CEOs Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.

Barry Diller Says Studios Should Split From Netflix, Amazon And Cut Deals With Guilds

IAC mogul Barry Diller thinks that the Hollywood studios need to “reorient” their businesses, and fast, or else face potential “catastrophic” consequences. The former studio executive, speaking to journalist Kara Swisher for her podcast, also expressed pessimism about the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, and suggested that the legacy Hollywood studios should split with Netflix and their tech counterparts at the AMPTP.

MTV’s ‘Ridiculousness’ Writers Inch Closer To Unionizing With WGA As Team Behind Unscripted Show Aims For Improved Conditions

The writers of MTV’s Ridiculousness are coming closer to being unionized. The show’s writing team, which was behind over 230 episodes last year, has been going through the process to unionize over the last few months, hoping to join their scripted peers, who have been on strike since May, in the WGA.

Directors Guild Foundation Donates $100,000 To MPTF To Support Crew Members Affected By Strikes

Amid Hollywood’s summer of strikes, the Directors Guild Foundation is pledging $100,000 in financial assistance to the Motion Picture & Television Fund for crew members affected by strike-related production halts. “Our film crews are our work family. We need to help everyone who’s suffering,” said Todd Holland, Directors Guild Foundation film chair.

SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Extends Coverage For Members Who Lost Work Due To WGA Strike

Trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan have unanimously agreed to a one-calendar-quarter extension of health coverage for certain qualified participants who would otherwise lose coverage on Oct. 1, 2023. The extension accounts for jobs that may have been lost in May and June of this year due to the Writers Guild strike. The WGA has been on strike since May 2, SAG-AFTRA since July 14.

Entertainment Community Fund Has Distributed More Than $5.4M In Financial Aid To Industry Workers Since Start Of WGA Strike

WGA Slams AMPTP After Proposal Released: Studios Met ‘Not To Bargain, But To Jam Us’

In a memo to members released to the media late Tuesday night, the Writers Guild of America accused Hollywood studios of not negotiating in good faith, and urged members to continue striking after studios released the details of their latest offer to the public.

WGA Slams Netflix, Amazon And Disney As ‘New Gatekeepers’ In Antitrust Report

WGA West released a report raising concerns about the streaming services and studios consolidating power and undercutting writers as its members remain on strike.

MPTF Pleads For Donations To Aid ‘The Forgotten Casualties’ Of Hollywood Strikes

New Data Suggests Hollywood Strikes Could Deal Blow To Already Shrinking Linear TV Business

Advertisers spent less on broadcast and cable in the 2023-2024 upfront, despite media companies touting overall pricing and volume growth in negotiations.

SAG-AFTRA Feels ‘Sign of Hope’ As WGA And AMPTP Resume Negotiations

“We’re ready and waiting for that to happen for us,” NY local chapter president Ezra Knight told The Wrap.

The Collapse Of Broadcast And Cable Is A Game-Changing Moment In The Hollywood Strikes

Writers Guild To Meet Tuesday With Studios Over Latest Contract Offer

One The Wrap source says there’s “cautious optimism” that a strike-ending deal may be near.

WGA Response To Studios Indicates No Quick End To Strike

The Writers Guild of America responded Tuesday to the latest proposal from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, but any hopes for an easy resolution of the 106-day strike were quickly dispelled. The WGA did bend slightly on a few items, according to sources familiar with the talks. But the union negotiators did not offer the significant concessions that the studio side was looking for in response to its own offer.

WGA, AMPTP Meeting Ends With ‘Mixed Results’

Yesterday’s sit-down at the Sherman Oaks office of the Carol Lombardini-led organization concluded with “mixed results,” according to a well-placed Deadline source. No details have yet to emerge as to whether the parties will meet for further talks or if more proposals will be offered.

Studios Offer Streaming Data, Writers’ Room Latitude In New Proposal To WGA

In its most recent proposal to the Writers Guild of America, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers offered some concession on the top issues leading to a strike, including so-called artificial intelligence, staffing, and data on streaming service viewership.

AMPTP Makes Counterproposal To WGA; Negotiations Recess But Will Resume Next Week

After their first day of bargaining since the Writers Guild went on strike May 2, the AMPTP and the WGA have recessed their negotiations until next week after the companies made a counterproposal to guild’s proposals. The WGA told its members Friday evening: “Your Negotiating Committee received a counterproposal from the AMPTP today. We will evaluate their offer and, after deliberation, go back to them with the WGA’s response next week.”

Larger Share Of Ad Dollars Going To Repeats As Strikes Halt Production

With the strikes by writers and actors making original scripted entertainment  content increasingly scarce, a larger share of ad dollars is going to repeat programming, according to Guideline, formerly known as Dreamscape, which bought spending trackers Standard Media Index and SQAD.

WGA Negotiator Discusses 100 Days Of Strike, Path Forward

‘Suits’ Writers Call Out Paltry Streaming Residuals In Wake Of Record-Breaking Netflix Run

As WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes persist and tens of thousands of people withhold labor in pursuit of equitable streaming residuals, fair compensation, proper staffing of writers’ rooms, protections from the use of artificial intelligence, and more, a surprising series is emerging as the show of the summer: Suits.

BIPOC Writers: People Of Color Not Getting Fair Shot In Late-Night

“We need to enter an era where people of color… are given the same kind of chance to find their voice and find the show’s voice and find that audience,” WGA member Greg Iwinski says.

CAA To Lay Off Dozens Amid Strikes, Majority Stake Sale Talks

Writers Guild Sets New Negotiations Session With Studios, Streamers For Aug. 11

The WGA informed members Thursday that the AMPTP requested the meeting in response to the guild’s proposals that were outlined Aug. 4 in the so-called talks about talking.

WGA & AMPTP Can’t Agree To Resume Negotiations; Strike To Go On Indefinitely

Meeting for the first time in more than three months, the Writers Guild and the AMPTP on Friday failed to reach an agreement to resume contract negotiations. Their inability to agree on terms for returning to the bargaining table comes after their much anticipated meeting to discuss a possible resumption of talks. “As of now, there is no agreement on these items, because the AMPTP said they needed to consult with their member studios before moving forward,” the union said in a statement late Friday.

SAG-AFTRA Strike Won’t Delay ‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-offs

WGA Lowers Expectations For Studio Meeting: ‘We Have Been Down This Road Before’

The Writers Guild of America is continuing to downplay expectations for Friday’s meeting with the studios, and is telling members that it will not be pressured into accepting a bad deal.

Striking Writers And Studios Will Meet This Week To Discuss Restarting Negotiations

On Tuesday night, the Writers Guild of America sent an email to members saying that the head of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents major studios, streaming services and production companies in negotiations, requested a meeting on Friday to discuss the resumption of contract talks.

Dispatches From The WGA Strike Picket Lines, Day 56

Amy Poehler, Selena Gomez And More A-List Actors Shift To Hosting Unscripted Hits

Just this year, a slew of female actors from nearly every genre either made the jump to the unscripted space or reaffirmed their place in it.

CBS Unveils Fall 2023 Schedule That Doesn’t Factor In Strike Impact

Critics Choice Indefinitely Postpones First Celebration Of LGBTQ+ Movies And TV Due To Writers’ Strike

The ongoing writers’ strike has interrupted quite a few industry shindigs since it began on May 2, and the latest is one that hadn’t even been formally announced. On Tuesday night, the Critics Choice Association told members that a planned Celebration of LGBTQ+ movies and TV has been postponed indefinitely.

Showrunner Tony Gilroy Ceases Producing Services On ‘Andor’ Due To Writers’ Strike

The creator of the Disney+ series, singled out on social media for performing non-writing duties, tells The Hollywood Reporter that he has stopped all such functions.

WGA Strike Authorization Meeting: Sides Remain “Far Away” From A Deal

Negotiations for a new WGA contract have made “a little bit of progress” on feature films, but otherwise the two sides remain “far away” from a deal. That’s the word coming out of tonight’s WGA strike authorization meeting, which was “very persuasive if you needed persuading,” said a member who attended.

WGA And AMPTP Exchange Proposals Ahead Of Next Week’s Negotiations

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers exchanged proposals on Monday, as they prepare for face-to-face bargaining next week. Last week, the guild membership voted 98.4% in favor of the “pattern of demands,” a high-level summary of the guild’s top issues for a new basic agreement. The items include addressing “the abuses of mini-rooms” and increasing streaming residuals, among a dozen other issues. The proposals are far more detailed, and are not expected to be made public so as to preserve the confidentiality of negotiations.

WGA Seeks Sit-Down With CBS Over Probe Into Alleged Racist, Sexist Behavior By Local TV Execs

WME’s Injunction Request To End Writers Guild Boycott Denied By Judge

WGA Members OK New Deal With Studios

Members of Writers Guild of America have ratified a new, three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers with virtually no opposition. The WGA membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of ratifying the contract by 98% with 4,068 “yes” votes and 87 “no” votes. The term of the agreement is retroactive from May 2, 2020, through May 1, 2023.