Hollywood Writers Guild Strike Ends: A Victory for Writers
The Hollywood Writers Guild (WGA) strike ended on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, after 148 days. The strike was the second longest in the WGA’s history, behind only a labor action in 1988.
The strike was called over a number of issues, including pay raises, streaming residuals, and protections around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in writing. The WGA was able to achieve significant gains on all of these fronts in the new contract.
The new contract includes a 5% minimum pay increase upon ratification, with additional bumps of 3% and 3.5% in the second and third years of the contract. This is a significant increase over the 2% pay raise that the studios were initially offering.
The new contract also includes a new residual based on viewership for streaming content. This is the first time that the WGA has negotiated a residual based on viewership, and it reflects the growing importance of streaming in the entertainment industry.
Protections Around AI
The new contract also includes some protections around the use of AI in writing. For example, the contract states that AI cannot be used to write or rewrite literary material, and that AI-generated material cannot be considered source material.
The end of the WGA strike is a victory for writers. The new contract includes significant gains on pay raises, streaming residuals, and protections around the use of AI. The strike also showed that writers are willing to stand up for their rights, and that they are a powerful force in the entertainment industry.
In addition to the gains mentioned above, the new WGA contract also includes a number of other improvements, such as:
- Increased health and pension contributions
- Improved minimums for staff writers on episodic TV
- New rules for streaming bonuses
- A commitment from the studios to work with the WGA to develop guidelines for the use of AI in writing
The new contract is a significant improvement over the previous one, and it reflects the WGA’s commitment to protecting the rights of writers.
Impact on the Entertainment Industry
The end of the WGA strike is a positive development for the entertainment industry. The strike had a significant impact on production, and it was causing studios and streamers to lose money.
The new contract will allow writers to return to work and start producing new content. This is good news for fans, who were eagerly awaiting the return of their favorite shows and movies.
The strike also had a positive impact on the WGA itself. The strike showed that writers are united and willing to fight for their rights. This will give the WGA more leverage in future negotiations with the studios.
The end of the WGA strike is a victory for writers and for the entertainment industry. The new contract includes significant gains for writers, and it will allow production to resume on new content.