Talks Suspended While WGA Weighs First AMPTP Proposal

The AMPTP issued a press release yesterday, ending the four-day media blackout that had been in effect since talks resumed. In the statement, the AMPTP claimed they’d laid a proposal on the table which would “deliver more than $130 million in additional compensation above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion writers already receive each year.”

The WGA shot back with a statement of its own, claiming the proposed contract “dealt only with streaming and made-for-Internet jurisdiction, and it amounts to a massive rollback.” The WGA says it has a presented a proposal which would cost the industry only $151 million over three years. “That’s a little over a 3% increase in writer earnings each year,” the statement said, “while company revenues are projected to grow at a rate of 10%.”

Talks are scheduled to resume Tuesday. In the meantime, the WGA has called upon members to continue picketing today and Monday.

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