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The Writers Guild of America strike is over


After a nearly five-month strike, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is asking its members to lower their signs. In an article, the WGA said its negotiating committee, the WGAW board of directors and the WGAE council all voted unanimously to recommend the three-year deal with the Growers Alliance of films and television. They will end their strike Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., sending writers back to work, with a ratification vote scheduled between October 2 and 9.

A summary explaining the terms of the deal has been released so we can see the details of their agreement for the first time, as well as the 94-page agreement (embedded below) which is set to remain in effect from September 25, 2023 until May. 1, 2026. Two segments that jump out are the regulations regarding the use of generative AI tools as well as the specific rules regarding data streaming and how to calculate bonuses based on viewers.

There is a new audience-based bonus structure for series and films intended for streaming, as well as an agreement allowing studios to share data with the Guild on the number of hours broadcast for projects such as Netflix original series.

Regarding AI, the tools “cannot write or rewrite literary material, and AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the MBA.” Additionally, companies cannot require writers to use AI software like ChatGPT, and they must tell writers whether the documents given to them were generated by AI or include AI-generated material. ‘AI.

Even with writers returning to work, we may not see productions completely return to normal. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) – a union representing approximately 160,000 artists in the entertainment industry – is still on strike. Until the two writers And actors return to work, we probably won’t see productions return to normal.

(Disclosure: The edge the editorial staff is also unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East.)


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