After a long and arduous strike, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has called on its members to end their strike. The WGA confirmed that its Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board, and WGAE Council all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The terms of the deal, which have been made available for the first time, include regulations on the use of generative AI tools and data sharing regarding streaming and bonus calculation. Notably, AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the agreement, and writers cannot be compelled to use AI software.
While this news suggests progress in the industry, the full recovery of productions may take longer. The strike by the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), representing about 160,000 performers, is still ongoing. Until both writers and actors return to work, the industry may not return to normal. It is important to note that The Verge’s own editorial staff is also unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East.
In conclusion, the Writers Guild of America has reached an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, signaling the end of the writers’ strike. The deal covers various aspects, including regulations on the use of AI tools and data sharing related to streaming and bonus calculation. However, the entertainment industry’s full recovery may be delayed due to the ongoing strike by the Screen Actors Guild. The resolution of both strikes is crucial for productions to return to normal.