Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, coming at you from hot and humid L.A. We’ve reached the point of this strike-addled August where actors and writers are praying for early-morning picket duty, and the moguls are praying their friends and relatives don’t post pictures on their yachts.
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3 big questions for the Writers Guild meeting: I’m told the AMPTP is planning to put a revised offer/response to the WGA proposals on the table at tomorrow’s official sit-down with guild leadership. (The AMPTP declined to comment.) That leads to 3 major questions (with a hat tip to Puck contributor Jonathan Handel):
Will the studio proposal address mini-rooms, a success-based metric for streaming residuals, and A.I.? Those have emerged as the Big 3 wedge issues, and the WGA leadership has said they won’t do a deal unless each is addressed. I’m told this new proposal will be different from what’s been discussed previously, but how different?
Will the WGA continue to push new demands? Studio-side negotiators felt like the guild was moving the goalposts in last Friday’s meeting-before-the-meeting, making new health insurance asks and...
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