Directors make a deal with Hollywood studios – level 2

27-06-2023 15:00

Film and TV directors voted to accept a new three-year labor contract with major Hollywood studios. This will prevent another work stoppage because of the writers’ strike.

87% of the voters supported the agreement with an organization which represents studios like Walt Disney and Netflix. The deal includes wage increases, higher payments for streaming, and protection against artificial intelligence. The voter turnout was higher than anyone expected. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) was on strike since May 2 which has a bad impact on several TV and film projects. At the moment, there are no new contract talks between the WGA and the studios, and the writers’ strike.

The directors’ agreement won’t probably affect the writers’ position. Hollywood actors are also negotiating their contracts with the studios.

Difficult words: labor (work), turnout (the number of people who attend an event), negotiate (to talk about something formally to make a deal).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What impact do you think the new agreement between film and TV directors and major Hollywood studios will have on the negotiations between actors and the studios?


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