WGA Leader Chris Keyser: ‘There Is No Way Around Us’

Chris Keyser, the co-chair of the Writers Guild of America negotiating committee, stated in a video message Friday that the WGA is ready to combat alone if mandatory.

Keyser stated that the guild, which has been on strike since May 2, is “girded by an alliance” with SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America. But he promised that even when each guilds attain an settlement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers this month, “We will fight on.”

“Any deal that puts this town back to work runs straight through the WGA and there is no way around us,” Keyser stated. “We are strong enough — we have always been strong enough — to get the deal we need with writer power alone.”

The DGA has been negotiating a contract since May 10, and has only some days left earlier than SAG-AFTRA is scheduled to start its talks subsequent Wednesday. The WGA has been sending out messages this week {that a} DGA deal shouldn’t be anticipated to resolve the writers’ strike.

The WGA is eager to keep away from a repeat of the 2007-08 strike, when the administrators obtained a deal that turned the template for the writers’ settlement.

In this spherical of bargaining, the DGA is primarily targeted on getting a greater streaming residual method, which might account for the expansion in worldwide subscribers. The WGA has made clear that such a method wouldn’t be sufficient to resolve its points, which embrace a minimal TV staffing degree and a viewership-based streaming residual.

SAG-AFTRA may even be bargaining for a greater streaming residual, however has points which are distinctive to actors as properly, similar to laws on self-taped auditions and limits on the usage of AI-generated performances.

In the video message, Keyser stated that the AMPTP’s 2007-08 playbook “doesn’t belong in a negotiation room — it belongs in a museum.”

SAG-AFTRA has already known as a strike authorization vote, with ballots due on Monday. Keyser stated the vote “should send shivers down the companies’ spine.”

Keyser acknowledged that the strike is “painful,” however that the businesses have “taught us, however painfully, to withstand months and months without work.” He stated is “untenable” to “rush back to jobs that may not even be there in a year or two.”

“Uncertainty is painful,” he stated. “Is there any one of us who doesn’t wake up feeling the weight of this every day? I don’t think so. Having no income in a tenuous job market is painful.”

Keyser stated he has little doubt about writers’ capability to endure the strike. He additionally stated that the businesses are feeling ache as properly, and the ache will improve as soon as the autumn TV season begins to slide away.

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