After nearly five months of strike, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has reached a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The deal has been unanimously recommended by the WGA’s Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board, and WGAE Council. One of the notable aspects of the deal is the regulation around the use of generative AI tools and data about streaming and bonuses calculation. The agreement includes a new viewership-based bonus structure for series and films made for streaming and studios sharing data with the Guild on the number of hours streamed. Additionally, the deal states that AI-generated material will not be considered source material, and writers cannot be compelled to use AI software.
However, the end of the writers’ strike does not mark a complete return to normalcy in the entertainment industry. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), a union representing performers, is still on strike. Until both writers and actors resume working, the production industry is unlikely to fully recover.
It is worth mentioning that The Verge’s editorial staff is also unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East.