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Writers Guild of America starts contract talks as streaming pay takes center stage

March 14, 2017Media Mention
Los Angeles Times

Amid a tense labor atmosphere in Hollywood, the Writers Guild of America began contract negotiations Monday in what is expected to be a tough round of talks as the industry continues to grapple with digital upheaval.

The WGA, which counts about 13,000 members between its East and West Coast guilds, is sitting down at the Sherman Oaks headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major studios, TV networks and independent producers.

Guilds like the WGA want to "make sure their members are being paid in a way that's commensurate with the money studios are making off of streaming video," said Dan Stone, an attorney at Greenberg Glusker who specializes in entertainment and media.

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