Hollywood Screenwriter Strike Could Launch This Week

  • Members of the Writers Guild of America are currently slated to begin a strike on Monday evening as the contract between the union and major production companies expires.
  • Nearly 98% of union members voted earlier this year to authorize a strike in the event that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, a trade association that represents more than 350 studios in entertainment industry negotiations, did not approve a new contract with increased minimum compensation, larger contributions to pension and health plans, and the regulation of material produced with artificial intelligence or similar technology.
  • The possible strike, which would be the first for the Writers Guild of America in more than 15 years, occurs as the shift toward streaming contributes to diminished profits in television and cinema.
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