As the Writers Guild of America strike creeps up on its 100th day, the AMPTP has reached out about the possibility of reopening talks.
The AMPTP reached out to the WGA on Tuesday. In a note from the negotiating committee to its members, the union said, “The AMPTP, through Carol Lombardini, reached out to the WGA today and requested a meeting this Friday to discuss negotiations. We’ll be back in communication with you sometime after the meeting with further information. As we’ve said before, be wary of rumors. Whenever there is important news to share, you will hear it directly from us.”
It is unclear if this is an actual reopening of negotiations, or a discussion about reopening negotiations.
The WGA went on strike on May 2, and were joined by SAG-AFTRA in July. For the WGA, they are looking for some movement from producers on the minimum staffing for TV shows, duration of employment, a streaming-based residual, and the use of A.I. in the future.
There is no guarantee that any agreement will be reached in the near future, but this is the first significant move we have seen from either side in the possibility of ending this work stoppage. And even once the writers do reach an agreement, another round of talks will need to move forward to get the actors back to work.
While this is definitely progress, there is still a long road ahead.