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The Ongoing WGA Strike: A Simplified Guide to the Conflict Shaking Up the Entertainment Industry

NOTE: This article is 9 months old and may not include the most recent information.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA), a powerful group that represents over 11,000 writers in the United States, decided to put their pens down on May 2, 2023. The reason? They want a bigger piece of the pie that comes from streaming services. Plus, they’re asking the companies for more honesty about how they calculate the money made from streaming.

Now, let’s understand who they are up against. They’re negotiating with a group known as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), who speak for over 900 companies in the entertainment industry. They have managed to find some common ground on topics like payments for new media and who has control over animation. But when it comes to the money made from streaming, they’re stuck.

The AMPTP has expressed its willingness to increase the amount it pays writers for content on streaming platforms. But the writers, under the WGA, feel it’s not enough. Hence, the strike continues.

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This tussle is sending ripples throughout the entertainment world. Many TV shows and movie productions are on pause because, well, without writers, there’s nothing to film. Some studios have even had to let go of employees due to the production shutdown.

How long will this stand-off last? That’s the million-dollar question. The WGA is not in a hurry. They’re prepared to stand their ground until they secure a deal that feels fair. The AMPTP, on the other hand, is also playing the waiting game. It’s pretty much a staring contest now, and we’re yet to see who blinks first.

Just a reminder, this isn’t the first time such a labor disagreement has rocked the entertainment industry. The last one took place back in 2007-2008, which was also led by the Writers Guild of America.

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This current strike is creating significant delays in the production of our favorite TV shows and movies. But as viewers and fans, all we can do is wait and hope that a resolution comes soon, and our beloved writers get the deal they deserve. So, stay tuned to this drama off the screen!

Trevor Decker
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