The Writers Guild of America Strike Explained:

Why, and What It Means for TV & Film

For the first time in 15 years, Hollywood’s writers are on strike.

This comes after negotiations failed between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

The stakes are high: An estimated 822,000 jobs are directly on the line, with 2.4 million total jobs supported.

The Writer’s Guild of America is composed of two different labor unions. These two unions represent writers in film, TV, radio, and online media.

Firstly, What is the WGA?

A big reason behind the strike is the fact that writers are simply not being compensated enough for their work.

Why Writers Are Striking

WGA’s demands include increasing minimum compensation significantly to address the devaluation of writing in all areas of television, new media, and features.

Fair Compensation and Residuals

Mini-rooms are the result of companies shrinking typical writers’ rooms and hiring writers for shorter terms and less money.

The Mini-room Problem

Among the list of demands were regulations on the use of artificial intelligence (AI), particularly with regard to AI-generated scripts or reworked material.

Regulations Regarding AI

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