The Writers Strike Is Over. Can We All Be Friends Again?
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Mon, September 25, 2023
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Episode Description: The End of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Strike

Welcome to this episode of our podcast, where Matt Belloni and Lucas Shaw delve into the recent conclusion of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, which lasted a staggering 146 days, making it the second longest strike in history.

Our hosts provide a comprehensive breakdown of the tentative deal that was reached between the WGA and the studios. They explore the various aspects of the agreement, such as the implementation of minimum staffing requirements for TV shows, protections against the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), and the introduction of transparency regarding streaming data.

Additionally, Matt and Lucas discuss the upcoming negotiations between the studios and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). They examine the potential impact of the WGA strike on the relationship between writers and studios, considering the ripple effects it may have on future negotiations.

The episode also features a lively debate on who ultimately emerged as the winner of the strike. Matt and Lucas analyze the lasting impact of the strike on the industry, exploring how it may shape the landscape for writers and studios moving forward.

Tune in to gain valuable insights into the conclusion of the WGA strike and its implications for the entertainment industry as a whole.

Original Show Notes
On Sunday night, the WGA and the AMPTP reached a tentative deal on a new three-year contract, paving the way for the end of the strike after 146 days, the second longest ever. Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss what happens now, including what needs to happen for this deal to be finalized; where they landed on key issues like minimum staffing protections against AI, performance-based residuals, and pay increases; what this means for the SAG-AFTRA strike; and whether everyone can be friends again now that a deal has been made. For a 20 percent discount on Matt’s Hollywood insider newsletter, ‘What I’m Hearing ...,’ click here. Email us your thoughts! Host: Matt Belloni Guest: Lucas Shaw Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez Theme Song: Devon Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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