The Three Biggest Hold-ups in the Writers Strike
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Mon, August 28, 2023
Podchat Summary

The Writer's Strike Continues: Updates on Negotiations and Industry Impact

In this episode, we dive into the ongoing writer's strike and provide updates on the negotiations between the studios and the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Unfortunately, talks have not been going well, and tensions are rising.

The studios recently released a revised proposal in an attempt to divide the guild membership and put pressure on the negotiating committee. While the proposal includes concessions on minimum staffing and transparency, the writers are not satisfied and continue to fight for their demands.

One major point of contention is the issue of artificial intelligence (AI). The writers are seeking guarantees that their scripts won't be used to train AI programs. This topic has become a significant sticking point in the negotiations.

The impact of the strike on the industry is becoming increasingly apparent. The fall TV season is essentially gone for scripted shows, with companies firing and furloughing more people. Movies are being delayed, and the entire industry is suffering. This downturn is not only affecting studios but also impacting theater owners and workers.

As a result of the strike, the Emmys were pushed, and fall festivals will be star-free. The absence of high-profile actors at these events is a direct consequence of the ongoing labor dispute.

Furthermore, there are indications that the studios may now shift their focus to negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, the actors' union. This development could have significant implications for the future of the strike and the entertainment industry as a whole.

Tune in to this episode for a comprehensive update on the writer's strike, its impact on the industry, and the latest developments in the negotiations.

Original Show Notes
Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the state of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, including the AMPTP’s decision to publicize its latest offer to the WGA, whether any ground is being made, whether Netflix is best suited to initiate an agreement, and whether the fall is still a reasonable time for all of this to end. 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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