Conversations between the writers and the studios wrapped up for the night without an agreement.
A statement from the Motion Picture and Television Producers Alliance said, “Negotiations between the AMPTP and the WGA ended without an agreement today.”
No word yet from the WGA but we expect this to lead to a strike by the writers.
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The studios said the “primary sticking points” were “mandatory hiring” and “tenure of employment,” which, as they described the WGA’s proposals, it said required a company to work on a show with a certain number of writers for a specified period. period of time, whether it is required or not.
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We’ll add the WGA response as soon as we have it.
AMPTP made a comprehensive package offer to the union last night that included generous increases in compensation for writers as well as improvements to tailings flow. AMPTP also indicated to the WGA that it was willing to improve this offer, but was unwilling to do so due to the volume of other proposals still on the table. On the table, which the union still insists on. The main sticking points are “mandatory hiring” and “term-of-employment” — union proposals that would require a company to hire a certain number of writers on a show for a specific period of time, whether or not that is necessary, she added.
“AMPTP member firms remain united in their desire to strike a deal that is mutually beneficial to writers and the health and continuity of the industry, avoiding hardship for the thousands of employees who depend on the industry for their livelihoods. AMPTP is willing to enter into discussions with the WGA in an effort to break this impasse,” he said.