don't let the computer tell you stories
poets and novelists, the WGA's fight is our fight, too
Netflix would love nothing better than to strap you to a permanent feedbag of AI-generated garbage shows. That’s why they’re the holdout in the negotiations with the Writers’ Guild of America, which is on strike as of last night.
Don’t let’s treat that as a scoop, exactly—I’m not an industry insider, I’ve never written for screen big or small—but that’s the word I heard from someone involved. Apparently, all of the other studios are willing to work something out, but Netflix is so happy to produce buckets and buckets of whatever shows overseas, in non-union working conditions, so why would they care?
One of the major sticking points this time around is the use of AI in script production. The WGA is pushing for regulations about its use.: no AI-generated scripts, no AI origninary material, no AI punch-ups. In response, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has proposed “an annual meeting to discuss changes in technology,” which would sound pretty anemic if it wasn’t also super insulting.
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