Nov 14, 2023

A Statement from Ricky Abilez, Director of Policy & Advocacy

We want to extend heartfelt congratulations to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) on successfully reaching historic agreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). 

These landmark deals not only signify a triumph for WGA and SAG-AFTRA members, but also underscore the importance of solidarity in achieving meaningful change. By standing united, writers and performers have demonstrated their commitment to securing equitable compensation, improved working conditions, Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) increases, pension caps, and wraparound support like increased health contributions.

As we commend the resolve shown in these negotiations, it’s crucial to also recognize the evolving landscape of technology—including artificial intelligence—which poses both opportunities and challenges. It is more important than ever for all of us to champion the rights and contributions of creative human professionals while navigating the intersection of AI and storytelling.

The outcome of these negotiations serves as inspiration for future movements. It highlights the transformative power of collective bargaining and emphasizes the significance of fostering a collaborative environment that values the work of every individual in the arts, culture, and entertainment ecosystem.


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Read more about the SAG-AFTRA deal here.

Read more about the WGA deal here.