As the strike moves towards the 150 day mark, it seems that the WGA and AMPTP will renew talks once more.
The ongoing writers strike in Hollywood is looking like it could yet become the longest WGA strike in Hollywood history. Presently, we’re on day 136 of the dispute, whilst the longest WGA strike to date ran for 154 days back in 1988. That gives both parties around three weeks to come to terms before the ongoing deadlock claims a record that nobody really wants to see broken.
Ever since the studios’ last offer (back in late August) was met with anger and contempt from the Writers Guild of America’s leadership, there’s been no contact that we know of. This week, Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman-CEO Tony Vinciguerra spoke up to voice the growing concern that the damage caused to the 2024 theatrical slate could be significant, stating: “It is a very big concern that in… early to mid-2024, if we don’t end the strikes at some point, that there will not be a lot of films around.”
Still, here’s some good news: Talks are set to resume once more with the WGA apparently reaching out and asking the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to come back to the negotiating table. There are rumours that there are some internal disagreements within the AMPTP with several studios wanting to meet some of the WGA’s demands and end the strike whilst others do not. That’s all speculation though, and as you would expect, the AMPTP has flatly denied that there is any sort of dissent within its ranks.
Hopefully, the upcoming talks will move things forwards but given how things have gone so far, we’ll have to remain cautiously optimistic for the time being. We’ll bring you more updates as we hear them.
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