/ 26 September 2023

Writing their way back into busines


After 146 days of striking, members of the Writers Guild of America could be heading back to work this week after a tentative deal was struck with the entertainment companies yesterday. Members get to vote on the deal, but it looks like they got what they were holding out for – increases in royalty payments for streamed content and guarantees that AI won’t be used to water down writers’ credits and compensation. Reports say the breakthrough ​​came when the bosses of the big studios – Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix and Warner Bros Discovery – got directly involved. The writers’ strike has contributed to a shutdown of television and film production in the US and internationally, given so many entertainment roads lead to America. And that shutdown isn’t over yet, with Actors Guild members waiting on their breakthrough. But shows that could restart ASAP are the late-night and daytime talk shows, much to Drew Barrymore’s relief

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