The WGA went on strike on May 2, wanting a new contract that would guarantee a way for writers to make a living off of the craft. Some of the biggest areas of contention included regulating the use of artificial intelligence in writing, earning a living wage, requiring studios to have writing staff, honoring strikes from other unions, and earning residuals from streaming services.
Negotiations had been on-and-off during the strike, but the WGA and AMPTP resumed negotiations on September 20 for the first time in nearly a month. Many were optimistic about the new meetings as the CEOs of major corporations were present, including Bob Iger (Disney), Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Donna Langley (NBCUniversal), and David Zaslav (Warner Bros. Discovery).