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WGA Meeting With Top Showrunners Canceled as Negotiations to Resume – The Hollywood Reporter

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Because the writers strike wraps its twentieth week and inches towards an October date that might make it the longest within the guild’s historical past, a Friday assembly between the union’s prime management and a dozen of the business’s prime showrunners has been canceled.

A number of sources inform The Hollywood Reporter that Friday’s assembly — which was to have included Kenya Barris (Black-ish), Noah Hawley (Fargo), Sam Esmail (Mr. Robotic) and Dan Fogelman (This Is Us) and was set to be held on the Writers Guild of America’s L.A. headquarters — was scrapped after information broke Thursday night time that the union and Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers have been returning to the negotiating desk. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish vacation that marks the start of a brand new yr, was additionally an element within the resolution to cancel the assembly. A Zoom assembly was additionally proposed and shot down and a gathering subsequent week with the WGA’s co-chair of the negotiating committee, Chris Keyser, was additionally thought of and finally scrapped after each the AMPTP and WGA confirmed that they have been scheduling time to return to the desk.

Sources say the purpose of the assembly was to assemble data immediately from the guild’s management on the standing of negotiations and vice versa. “They were pushing for them to get in the room and make a deal,” says one supply aware of the group’s intentions. The highest showrunners, the supply says, are in direct contact with individuals within the business who’re struggling and wished management to grasp the urgency to return to the desk.  

“The good news is that they’re meeting and that’s all anybody wants — and hopefully that’s enough,” says one other supply with information of the group’s intentions.

The WGA and the AMPTP, which represents Hollywood’s studios and streamers, every launched statements late Thursday that indicated they’re engaged on scheduling a return to negotiations someday subsequent week. Earlier than that, negotiations had been at a standstill. The WGA instructed members Sept. 9 that the AMPTP had provided just one proposal to the guild, on Aug. 11, and its member corporations had not moved from that proposal although the union “presented our own counterproposal to the AMPTP on August 15th.” The AMPTP responded shortly afterward and stated in an announcement of its personal that the WGA “holds the power to move this negotiation forward by responding to the AMPTP’s most recent offers on key issues.”

“On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the WGA reached out to the AMPTP and asked for a meeting to move negotiations forward,” the AMPTP stated in an announcement Thursday. “We have agreed and are working to schedule a meeting next week. Every member company of the AMPTP is committed and eager to reach a fair deal, and to working together with the WGA to end the strike.” The WGA responded shortly afterward with an announcement that matched a message to members: “The WGA and AMPTP are in the process of scheduling a time to get back in the room.”

The information that the 2 sides are resuming negotiations got here after members inside the AMPTP, a number of sources say, have been divided on whether or not to renew negotiations with the WGA or transfer on to SAG-AFTRA.

The WGA’s longest strike was in 1988 and lasted 154 days. Friday, Sept. 15, is the 137th day of the WGA strike. SAG-AFTRA, which represents performers, has additionally been on strike since July 14.

The WGA didn’t reply to THR’s request for touch upon the showrunner assembly.

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