Negotiations over the Writers Guild of America’s next three-year film and television contract are set to resume Wednesday, the union told its members.
“WGA and AMPTP now have a confirmed schedule for negotiations this week, starting on Wednesday,” the union said in a statement Monday to about 11,500 members who have been on strike for more than four months over the expired agreement as of Monday. “You may not hear from us in the coming days as we negotiate, but know that our focus is on getting a fair deal to authors as quickly as possible.” We will be in touch again , when there is something important to report.”
The guild also encouraged members to report to picket lines “for themselves and other writers, SAG-AFTRA, other union members and everyone in our community affected by the strikes.”
The Hollywood Reporter The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios and streamers in these negotiations, has reached out for comment.
Official negotiations over a new contract have been at a standstill since August, but the apparent stalemate between the two parties was broken on Thursday when the AMPTP announced that the WGA had attempted to restart talks. The WGA only confirmed that both sides were trying to arrange a new meeting.
News of the new dynamic in the discussions quickly took effect, and a previously scheduled meeting between guild leaders and top showrunners like Kenya Barris and Noah Hawley the next day was canceled due to the development. On Monday, Bill Maher — who had announced just days earlier that he would resume production of his show amid the long-running strike — paused his plans, citing a return to the negotiating table. “After both sides agree to return to the negotiating table, I will delay the return Real timefor now, and hope they finally get there,” he tweeted.
There’s more to come.