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Hollywood strike discussions continue between WGA and producers

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are continuing to negotiate in an effort to resolve the ongoing Hollywood strike that has lasted over three months, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday, September 21, 2023. The two parties are scheduled to meet again on the same day, with hopes high for a resolution.

The dispute, which was initiated on May 2, 2023, has led to a significant halt in the production of television shows and movies. High-profile projects such as Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX)'s Stranger Things, Disney's Blade, and Paramount's Evil have been notably affected by the work stoppages resulting from the strike.

The main point of contention in this dispute lies in the writers' demand for improved compensation. They argue that their current earnings do not adequately reflect the substantial revenue generated from streaming services.

Since the inception of the strike, studios have managed to save money due to halted productions. However, executives have warned that the absence of new content could eventually impact profits. This situation has raised concerns about potential financial implications if the dispute continues unresolved.

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Both sides involved in this conflict have expressed a strong desire to reach an agreement soon. However, if no consensus is reached, there could be a potential extension of this industrial action until the end of 2023, as reported by CNBC.

For additional information on this developing story, Brian Swint can be contacted at brian.swint@barrons.com.

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