Sunday, September 24, 2023

The Hollywood Writers Guild calls for regulation of streaming platforms

The Hollywood Writers Guild published a new report about the effect of streaming platforms on the industry, asking the government to regulate these types of services. The Union has denounced Disney, Amazon, and Netflix’s “anti-competitive practices”.

The report “the new guards”How Disney, Amazon and Netflix take control of the Media”, which the Union presented this Thursday, defends these large companies They accumulate power and influence on the market, and we give them the opportunity to do so. You abuse your position to increase profits, harm your competitors, raise prices, and lower wages.

After More than 100 days of strike, the Hollywood Writers Guild has expressed concern that the conglomerates will end control of the media industry and that “the advances of the ‘streaming’ era are lost in favor of creativity and freedom by choice”.

Screenwriters and actors are demanding better salaries

The report accuses Disney of using its power to reduce production cinematic, closely study its competitors, and exclude independent content from their distribution networks.

He explains that Netflix has gone from being an “innovative competitor” to an “innovative competitor” that’s leveraging its influence as a market leader main service in the “streaming” paragraph to “reduce expenses in innovative content and raise prices for consumers.” He emphasized low wages for the screenwriters. It also underscores Amazon’s “anti-competitive” behavior by harming its competitors through favoritism toward their own companies and reducing the pay of their employees.

In the report, the union calls for “antitrust authorities and legislators to take action to protect the future of the media, prevent a further consolidation of this cluster, increase regulation and monitoring of “streaming,” and conduct proactive investigations of anti-competitive practices.

The Writers Guild started a strike on May 2nd and is currently having conversations with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP), which brings together the main study for the realization of a new collective agreement.

Come on, Hollywood actors (SAG-AFTRA) joined the strike on July 14, and so far, the representatives of the union have not returned to the table for negotiations with the AMPTP.

Search both SAG-AFTRA and WGA wage improvements for its members, particularly with regard to the Distribution fees for its content on “streaming” platforms and the use of artificial intelligence, among other things.

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