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Writers Guild Negotiations Update

Published on April 23rd, 2017 | Updated on April 24th, 2017 | By FanFest

After a week of putting negotiations on hold, The Writers Guild and Alliance for Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are set to return to the bargaining table on April 25.

Since their agreement to hold all talks, the Writers Guild began their strike authorization vote among all of the guild members, which wouldn’t begin the strike but simply allow the Guild that option should both sides fail to come to a new agreement by the May 1 deadline.

According to Variety, the two meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the strike authorization vote showed signs of support for the negotiators.

As mentioned before, what is at the heart of negotiations is a request to adjust compensation for shows that take longer than two weeks to produce per episode. This kind of filming structure is more common among cable TV shows than they are network television. The request comes as the nature of television and the production process continues to change and a need to accommodate that change becomes clear.

The results of the strike vote is set to be announced on Monday, April 24. Should the guild members authorize the vote and an agreement not be met in the four business days both groups have left, then writers, studios, and fans are in for the first work stoppage since the 2008 strike beginning May 2.

Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE 4/24/17 3:54 p.m. EST – The strike authorization vote has closed. Results to come.

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