The current writers strike in America reached its 100th day earlier this month and there seems to be no signs of stopping.
It all began this May, the WGA (Writers Guild of America) went on strike after multiple failed negotiations with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) who are representing over 350 film and tv production companies, about equitable profit distribution as well as fair residual payments and the protection against AI usage in film and streaming. These writers that are on the picket line are the creative minds behind our favorite stories, fighting for better compensation in an ever-changing media landscape. They want a bigger slice of the pie when their work gets streamed or rerun.
During the summer another union went on strike! The writers were later joined by the actors from the SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). The SAG-AFTRA strike stars the actors we love, they are demanding fairer pay and better working conditions, especially for shows on streaming platforms. These actors are trading their roles for picket signs to ensure they’re not left behind as streaming takes over. This joint strike between the WGA and SAG-AFTRA is the first in 63 years both unions have simultaneously been on. SAG-AFTRA's negotiating committee said they are "ready at a moment's notice to go back to the bargaining table to secure a righteous deal" to end the actors' strike. It appears the AMPTP is still unwilling to make the concessions necessary to make a fair deal and have not reached out to the SAG-AFTRA since the strike began.
Actors and writers are therefore not promoting any upcoming projects or premieres on their social media or in any other public form, as the rules of the strike prohibits it and a way of solidarity to one another.
Both strikes might mean temporary pauses in our beloved TV shows and movies, but they're all about standing up for fairness in a rapidly evolving industry. So, while our screens might be a little quieter right now, the noise these strikes are making is sure to bring about important changes in Hollywood's script.
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