The striking writers and Hollywood studios are in the “final phase” of negotiations and hope to strike a deal to end the historic work stoppage that has paralyzed the entertainment industry by the end of the weekend, two people familiar with the matter told CNN.
The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers spent Saturday negotiating for the fourth consecutive day.
The big four studio bosses — Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav, Disney chief Bob Iger, Netflix co-chief Ted Sarandos, and NBCUniversal studio chairman Donna Langley — were no longer in the Sherman Oaks room by Saturday afternoon, one person said, signaling nearly all the major issues had been resolved. The person stressed, while not directly in the room, the studio chiefs remained wholly engaged in the process.
We will see how good the deal is. I know there’s been a growing bit of nervousness within the writers union because so many of these people really are suffering from being on strike this long. At the same time, there’s been an exceptional amount of solidarity, both within the union and between the different Hollywood unions. I hope the writers get what they deserve, including some AI-based productions, but, again, this has been a really long strike and we need to see what that final deal looks like before making any real comment about it.