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Hollywood Writers Union and Studios to Resume Negotiations After Strike

Los Angeles — Union leaders informed striking Hollywood writers on Tuesday night that they intend to meet with studio representatives to discuss resuming negotiations. This marks the first official communication between the two sides since the writers’ walkout began three months ago.

In an email sent to members, the Writers Guild of America stated that the head of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents major studios, streaming services, and production companies in negotiations, requested a meeting on Friday to discuss the resumption of contract talks. The email advised members to be wary of rumors and assured them that any important news would come directly from the union.

It remains unclear whether a similar invitation was extended to union leaders for Hollywood actors, who have been on strike since July 14.

This strike marks the first time two major Hollywood unions have been on strike simultaneously since 1960. At that time, Ronald Reagan served as the actors’ guild president.

When asked about the possibility of talks with either guild, a spokesperson for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers stated that they remain committed to finding mutually beneficial deals with both unions.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers represents Hollywood studios such as Paramount, Discovery-Warner, NBC Universal, Sony, Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and Disney.

Talks between screenwriters and their employers broke down on May 1, and the first of the two walkouts that have halted production in Hollywood began the following day. The issues at hand include pay rates in the face of inflation, the use of smaller writing staffs for shorter seasons of television shows, and control over artificial intelligence in the screenwriting process.

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the Executive Director of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), expressed optimism about the possibility of industry conversations earlier on Tuesday.

Picketers have been demonstrating outside major studios and network offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

Editor’s note: Paramount+ and CBS News and Stations are part of Paramount Global, one of the companies affected by the strike. Some CBS News staff are WGA and SAG-AFTRA members but work under different contracts than the writers and actors who are on strike.

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