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The actors’ union which is part of SAG-AFTRA and the Hollywood studio association aka AMPTP returned to negotiations on Wednesday (11/10) United States time.
The meeting was held after the two parties held follow-up negotiations on Monday (9/10). They will return to negotiations after having one day to meet with their respective members.
“SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP held negotiations and concluded today,” wrote a joint statement from SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP, reported by Variety.
“Negotiations will resume on Wednesday, October 11, and the parties will work independently on Tuesday,” the statement continued.
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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 02: People picket outside of Paramount Pictures on the first day of the Hollywood writers strike on May 2, 2023 in Los Angeles. Scripted TV series, late-night talk shows, film and streaming productions are being interrupted by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. In 2007 and 2008, a WGA strike shut down Hollywood productions for 100 days, costing the local economy between $2 billion and $3 billion. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)/ Foto: Getty Images/David McNew
Previously, the mass strike demonstration by writers in Hollywood which had been going on for months was reported to have ended.
This was announced directly by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) as the organization that oversees writers in Hollywood on Wednesday (27/9).
“Today, our bargaining committee, the WGAW Board and the WGAE board all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement. The strike ended at 12:01 p.m.,” wrote the Writers Guild of America West.
Not only announcing the end of the strike, the WGA also distributed documents containing details of agreements with AMPTP and Hollywood studios.
Details of the seven-page document include salary increases and residuals, as well as union demands for a minimum number of staff in the writers’ room, bonus payments based on the success of streaming shows, and protections against the use of AI.
The tentative agreement comes into force from 25 September 2023 to 1 May 2026.
The two and a half year time span will be an opportunity for the WGA to work based on the agreed terms.
In addition, the agreement also outlines a salary increase of 12.5 percent and starting with 5 percent after ratification of the contract.
Over the next two years, the author will receive increases of 4 and 3.5 percent in subsequent years.
Not only the salary increase, the writers will also receive an increase of 76 percent from their remaining foreign streams.
Writers will also get viewing-based streaming bonuses depending on the length of the show or if the streaming feature has a budget of more than US$30 million (Rp. 465 billion).
The new agreement also stipulates minimum staffing requirements for TV writers’ rooms based on the length of the season.
A minimum of three writers must be hired for a series with a maximum of six episodes.
Meanwhile, work on shows with 13 episodes or more each season must employ a minimum staff of six writers which includes three writers and a producer.
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