Writers Guild, Hollywood Producers Set Dates for Negotiations

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First talks will be held at AMPTP headquarters

The Writers Guilds of America, West and East said Tuesday that they have set Feb. 3 as the date to begin formal contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The WGA’s current contract runs through May 1. The first round of talks on a successor deal to master contracts covering feature films and primetime TV will be held at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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Earlier this month, members of the Directors Guild of America ratified a new three-year master contract with the AMPTP. Gains included an annual 3 percent wage increase; higher residuals bases and improvements in basic cable.

SAG-AFTRA has not yet locked in start dates for talks. The actors’ deal expires June 30 and its wages and working conditions process runs between Jan. 27 and March 14, constitutionally mandated period for the union to formulate its contract proposal.

Between the WGAW and WGAE, roughly 23,000 writers are represented by the guild.