Hollywood studios and striking screenwriters are set to resume negotiations on Friday, bringing hope for an end to the nearly five-month dispute that has halted numerous film and television productions. The talks, which took place for two consecutive days at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Los Angeles, covered various issues including artificial intelligence (AI) and residual compensation related to the success of streaming projects.
Progress Made, But AI Remains a Sticking Point
According to sources from the Hollywood Reporter, some progress was made during the negotiations; however, AI continues to be a point of contention for both the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The participation of prominent figures such as Bob Iger from Disney, Donna Langley from Universal, Ted Sarandos from Netflix, and David Zaslav from Warner Bros. Discovery was notable as they joined the bargaining sessions on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Approaching The Record Length
The ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America is inching closer to becoming the longest strike in the union's history if it continues until September 30. The last time Hollywood experienced a strike of this duration was in 1945.
This news brings renewed hope for a resolution to the significant disruption caused by the strike, paving the way for the resumption of various film and television productions.