The Hollywood screenwriters’ union, WGA, announced on Tuesday (September 26) the end of the trade strike. The group endorsed a provisional agreement from the Industrial Producers Alliance, made last Sunday (9/24), and is expected to end the strike this Wednesday (9/27).
Screenwriters went on strike in early May to ensure better working conditions and demand proper regulation of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in film and television productions. The union will hold member meetings this week to discuss details of the contract and ratify the decision.
The agreement ends one of the longest strikes in the union’s history, which lasted 148 days. The largest strike in the category took place in 1988, when professionals stopped work for 153 consecutive days.
What has changed?
With the unanimous vote the professionals are authorized by the union to resume their activity. On Sunday (September 24), the WGA described the tentative agreement as “exceptional” and with “significant benefits and protections for writers across all industries.”
Among the new features foreseen by the agreement, the category will have access to the number of hours watched by users of the series produced by streaming platforms (included in the AMPTP). The union can also share information publicly.
The use of artificial intelligence in scripts will be regularized and not mandatory. The agreement also requires movie studios and streaming services to inform screenwriters about the technology used in creating or repairing works. The union can ban creative use at any time and AI texts will not be considered valid in terms of authorship.
The SAG actors’ union has continued to strike in the United States since July.
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