© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: SAG-AFTRA actors and Writers Guild of America (WGA) writers stroll the picket line outdoors Disney Studios in Burbank, California, U.S., July 25, 2023. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
By Lisa Richwine and Dawn Chmielewski
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Striking Hollywood writers and prime studio executives met for a third straight day on Friday to try to finish a piece stoppage that has shut down movie and TV manufacturing for months.
While staff throughout the leisure trade waited for phrase of the result, no settlement had been introduced as of late Friday, the 144th day of the strike.
Walt Disney (NYSE:) CEO Bob Iger, Netflix (NASDAQ:) Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, Warner Bros Discovery (NASDAQ:) CEO David Zaslav and Donna Langley, chairman of Comcast (NASDAQ:)’s NBCUniversal Studio Group, took half within the talks with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for a third straight day.
Representatives for the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the studios, had no remark.
While the 2 sides met, union members turned out in massive numbers in response to an attraction from WGA negotiators on Thursday to flood picket traces outdoors the studios.
In the gang outdoors Netflix on Friday was “Mad Men” creator and author Matthew Weiner, who like others voiced optimism that the latest talks signaled progress was being made.
“I’m hopeful,” Weiner stated of the likelihood that the strike may very well be coming to an finish. “I would like to go back to work and I would like to start mending these relationships.”
Roughly 11,500 WGA members walked off the job in May to demand larger pay and residuals within the streaming TV period plus limits round the usage of synthetic intelligence (AI).
Producer and WGA member Al Septien, additionally picketing outdoors Netflix on Friday, stated he wished to get again to work, however solely beneath the precise phrases.
“We’ve been out right here a very long time. We do not need to fold for a less-than-fair and good contract for the writers,” he stated.
The SAG-AFTRA actors union is also on strike after strolling off the job in July.