In support of the strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA), for the benefit of screenwriters (and all creatives), please note that INFOLIST.com will TEMPORARILY PUT ON HOLD the posting of all listings with CALL FOR SCRIPTS & JOBS FOR SCREENWRITERS.
This will only be temporary until the strike has been settled, so please watch INFOLIST.com for updates and future postings of jobs and opportunities for screenwriters!
In the world of entertainment, screenwriters are the unsung heroes responsible for crafting stories that captivate audiences on the big and small screens. Their creativity and talent shape the narratives we love, and their contribution cannot be overlooked. However, there are times when these brilliant minds are faced with significant challenges, fighting for their rights and fair treatment. Currently, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is in the midst of a strike, advocating for better conditions, and as someone deeply connected to the industry, I feel compelled to express my support for their cause – as it affects not only the writers who create all the content which we all enjoy – but it affects ALL OF US – as the quality of content which we ALL watch, as well as our human connection to it, are at significant risk.
The Importance of the WGA:
The WGA is a labor union that represents over 20,000 writers working in film, television, news, and new media. It serves as a collective voice for screenwriters, negotiating fair contracts, wages, and working conditions. The strike is a powerful means to draw attention to critical issues faced by writers, including fair compensation for streaming content, reasonable working hours, healthcare benefits, as well as issues concerning the use of AI to replace human generated content.
Solidarity with Screenwriters:
As someone who frequently connects writers with job opportunities, I understand the importance of maintaining a steady flow of work for talented individuals. However, during this period of the WGA strike, it is crucial that we prioritize the welfare and demands of the screenwriters. By not sending out any emails with job offers which would be in violation of the strike requirements, I aim to show my solidarity and respect for their struggle.
The WGA strike has a ripple effect throughout the entertainment industry. It is a call to action for all stakeholders to reevaluate their practices and ensure that writers are fairly compensated for their invaluable contributions.
Settlement and Moving Forward:
While the strike may disrupt the normal functioning of the industry, it is essential for the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to engage in meaningful negotiations. It is through dialogue and compromise that a fair settlement can be reached, ensuring that writers’ demands are met without crippling the industry as a whole.
As supporters of the creative arts, we must encourage the WGA and the AMPTP to find common ground, allowing the industry to thrive while safeguarding the rights and well-being of the talented individuals behind the scenes who make all the movies, shows, and content we watch not only possible, but have a human emotional connection, and the ingenuity and innovation only possible through human creativity (at least currently).
It’s also important to understand that while AI can currently “replace” screenwriters (although with lesser quality, in my opinion), it’s also important to note that it’s ability to replace actors, editors, and other creatives is not far off either, not to mention the ability to replace the decisions made by the very executives who are currently fighting to let it replace writers (and frankly, it’s probably far better at replacing exec decisions at this point than replacing writers – so the AMPTP may wish to think about that!). 🙂
The ongoing WGA strike serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by screenwriters and the need for fair treatment in the entertainment industry as a whole. As someone who values the work of these talented individuals, I choose to stand in solidarity with the WGA and temporarily halt sending out job offers during this difficult period.
It is my hope that this gesture, however small, contributes to raising awareness and encouraging meaningful dialogue between the WGA and the AMPTP. By collectively supporting the demands of screenwriters (and very soon, many other creators), we can strive for a more equitable and sustainable industry that recognizes and respects the contributions of those who bring stories to life.
Good luck, have a great day, and don’t forget to dream big!
Jeffrey R. Gund
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