Lisa Joy, the creator and creator behind Westworld and Periphery, has spoken out about a lawsuit from the Writers Association of America that could lead to strikes in the coming months.
Joy, whose production house Kilter Films is completing several projects at the same time, explained that although it gave him a blow to “be in the habit of being with the children”, breaking the energy caused by it is still “stressful” but “necessary”.
What happened to the screenwriters in Hollywood?
A few months ago, the organization known as the Writers Guild of America (WGA), in negotiations with various students, announced to improve the working conditions of screenwriters in the Hollywood industry.
Among his requests, he highlights the expansion of work opportunities for writers, job security, equal remuneration, among other things that have been seriously affected after “accumulating projects” in streaming and numerous cancellations of series and movies, in addition. to search positions for screenwriters replacing artificial intelligence.
The competition quickly escalated, with no response received from the students, so the writers protected by the Writers Guild were already preparing to strike in May.
This won’t be the first time that the company has hit orchestras. Well, in 2007, the film industry faced a serious crisis of not having writers, which almost completely stopped the production of films and series.
The hit was resolved at that time after the studio and screenwriters came to an agreement, which no longer works due to major changes in the industry in recent years.
Among them, Lisa Joy highlighted the great lack of social security services, health insurance and other basic benefits that others have fought for in the industry, but few have received.
Does Lisa Joy support the screenwriters?
Lisa Laetitia admitted that the threat of a strike is “very stressful”, however she claims that the producer has reached “a point where she can manage without work for a while”.
“We have a series of releases, and several projects have been published. We have shown that it does not depend on the availability of writers now,” he later explained, adding in the end, and even if the following projects depend entirely on the writers, he strongly supports the impact.
“I will always defend the opinion of the writers of the Guild. I know that he is acting for the good of all.”
Also, the trailer shows that the lack of benefits and opportunities in Hollywood is something that affects everyone, even though very few people hear about it.
“I remember the struggle of working a lot in Hollywood without taking care of the basics,” the producer added, “And it’s scary because even if you’re quite successful in a series, you have no guarantee that once that production is over, you’ll be able to get another job.
Part of the demands of the association refers to the high conversion of writers from project to project, which, the trend of “miniseries”, is becoming more frequent and therefore less stable.
“The WGA works to make a living among writers of all levels. That is very important”, he emphasized.
Would they be affected by movies and television?
Lisa Laetitia, further showing support for herself, admitted that the blow was still “scary” for others in the business, after all “it represents a definite stoppage of work, which affects future projects”.
However, he affirms that the need to observe the writers’ industry in the industry can be a definitive factor for the studies to reach an agreement with the union, to which he called on the executives, arguing “to be from the next”. that which has been obtained, let us quickly arrive at it”.
Next Monday, the WGA will hold its first negotiating session with an organization called the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Managers, which controls the various film departments.
Is Westworld not science fiction anymore?
Directly, Lisa Joy discussed the various changes affecting streaming, content suspensions and spontaneous cancellations through negotiations with Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO Max went through, which resulted in the cancellation and definitive removal of Westworld from HBO’s catalog.
While the forward wouldn’t fully address the dispute between the team and Warner, he did state that more of what’s happening in the industry now is more relevant to Westmond than ever.
“The issues that Westworld explored started with science fiction. But now it looks like a documentary about everything that’s happening in AI.”
“All these questions are more relevant today,” concluded Joy, explaining that although Westworld will no longer have the ability to explore reality, there will be other series that do, with the great use of artificial intelligence in the future of humanity. and energy