– AMPTP presented a comprehensive proposal to the WGA
– WGA claims the offer is “woefully inadequate”
– Negotiations may affect several industries including streaming services and production
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have made a counterproposal to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) in response to the Guild’s demands for a new contract. However, the WGA has deemed the proposal “woefully inadequate” and claims that it fails to address their concerns or fairly compensate the writers.
In a statement, WGA wrote, “The offer that the AMPTP presented to us today is entirely and woefully inadequate, coming more than one month after they received our ‘Pattern of Demands’ package.” The association representing writers believes that the proposal does not fairly contribute to the compensation and respect they deserve.
The negotiations between the two parties began on February 15, and the strike authorization vote will be held from March 31 to April 3 by WGA. In case a majority approves the strike, it would be effective immediately.
If the writers go on strike, it may have significant economic and creative effects on several industries. The list of the potential areas to be affected includes popular streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, as well as traditional television and film production.
The last major writers’ strike in Hollywood occurred in 2007-2008 when WGA demanded better distribution and revenues of digital media. The strike had a negative impact on many sectors of the entertainment industry, and the current ongoing negotiations also carry the possibility of a wider scope of outcomes, given the vast streaming and media production landscape today.