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AI, no way! Film and TV writers picket Netflix offices

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | The opening credits of the superhero “Deadpool” movie lists the usual participants: stars, director, producer, etc. When the writers’ names appeared onscreen, so did the additional credit: “the real heroes.”

Film and television writers walked off the job Monday, demanding, among other things, better pay. On Wednesday, the walkout’s third day, hundreds of writers, members of the Writers Guild of America, East, circled the block on Broadway at 19th Street that houses the offices of Netflix, the streaming service whose use of original productions has grown exponentially over the past decade.

(Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
(Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

The strike’s effects were felt immediately as late-night talk shows all ceased production. The effects on scripted television shows and movies will take longer to be noticed. But if corporations that own TV and movie studios don’t reach an agreement with the guild, new productions will eventually dry up.

CUNY students showed their support for members of the Writers Guild of America, East, as they walked the picket line outside Netflix’s offices. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
Writers put their talents to work penning protest signs. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

Strikers spent several hours circling the block, chanting, “New York is a union town!” and several call-backs, including, “When I say AI, you say, bye bye!” a reference to artificial intelligence and ChatGPT, a potential threat to writers. And being writers, most created their own picket sign messages, such as, “For Your Consideration: A Fair Contract,” “I Stream You Stream We All Stream for a Fair Contract” and “Do The Write Thing.”


  1. Stephen DiLauro Stephen DiLauro May 4, 2023

    Wait a minute! Someone actually pays writers to write?

    • The Village Sun The Village Sun Post author | May 4, 2023

      Yes, a multinational corporation like Netflix that is worth $142 billion — that ranks among the planet’s top 100 most valuable companies — should be able to pay its writers.

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