What the Writers Guild Won, With a Negotiator
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Wed, September 27, 2023
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Episode Description: The Recent WGA Contract Deal: A Win for Writers

In this episode, join Adam Conover, a writer-performer and member of the WGA board and negotiating committee, as he delves into the recent WGA contract deal. Adam highlights the significant gains made for writers, shedding light on the various improvements that have been secured.

Advancements for Writers

Adam Conover emphasizes the positive outcomes achieved through the contract deal. Writers can now rejoice in wage increases, ensuring fair compensation for their valuable work. Additionally, gains in residuals provide writers with ongoing compensation for their contributions, even as their work continues to be distributed and enjoyed by audiences worldwide.

One crucial aspect that Adam highlights is the protection against AI-generated material. With the rise of artificial intelligence, it is essential to safeguard the creative rights of writers and ensure that their work is not exploited or manipulated without their consent.

Furthermore, the contract deal establishes minimum staffing requirements for TV shows, ensuring that talented writers have more opportunities to showcase their skills and contribute to the success of television programs.

Transparency in streaming data is another significant achievement highlighted by Adam. By gaining access to accurate and comprehensive streaming data, writers can better understand the reach and impact of their work, empowering them to make informed decisions and negotiate fair compensation.

A Win with Some Compromises

While the contract deal brings numerous victories for writers, Adam Conover acknowledges that there were areas where they did not achieve all their desired outcomes. However, he emphasizes that overall, the deal represents a significant win for writers, with substantial progress made in multiple crucial areas.

Addressing Rumors and Acknowledging Support

Adam also takes the opportunity to address rumors surrounding the involvement of former lead negotiator David Young. He provides insights into the negotiation process and clarifies any misconceptions or misunderstandings that may have arisen.

Additionally, Adam discusses the support received from Drew Carey during the strike, highlighting the importance of solidarity and unity within the industry. The collective efforts of writers and the support from influential figures like Drew Carey played a vital role in achieving the favorable contract deal.

Tune in to this episode to gain a comprehensive understanding of the recent WGA contract deal and its implications for writers. Join Adam Conover as he celebrates the victories, acknowledges the compromises, and sheds light on the remarkable progress made for writers in the entertainment industry.

Original Show Notes
Matt is joined by writer, TV host, and WGA negotiation committee member Adam Conover to break down the details of the deal and outline what exactly the writers won, including the groundbreaking success-based streaming residual, official language on AI restrictions, minimum staffing for writers rooms, and much more. Matt finishes the show by giving a prediction on NFL ratings in the wake of the Taylor Swift–Travis Kelce frenzy. For a 20 percent discount on Matt’s Hollywood insider newsletter, ‘What I’m Hearing ...,’ click here. Email us your thoughts! thetown@spotify.com Host: Matt Belloni Guest: Adam Conover Producer: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez Theme Song: Devon Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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