Producers Guild Presidents Clarify Stance on Writers Strike

Members of WGA walk with pickets on strike outside the Culver Studio, Tuesday May 2, 2023 in Culver City, California. (Ringo Chiu / Shutterstock)

Members of WGA walk with pickets on strike outside the Culver Studio, Tuesday May 2, 2023 in Culver City, California. (Ringo Chiu / Shutterstock)

Producers Guild Presidents Clarify Their Stance on the Writers' Strike

In the wake of actor Sean Penn's recent criticism of Producers Guild of America (PGA) producers Donald De Line and Stephanie Allain, the two presidents have clarified their position about the ongoing writers' strike.

While Penn mistakenly associated the PGA with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), De Line and Allain sought to set the record straight regarding their organization's role. Speaking exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, they shed light on the PGA's work and objectives.

"The PGA is not a union; it is a nonprofit trade organization," De Line and Allain explained. "We do not have a collective bargaining agreement with the AMPTP. Our primary focus is to advocate for and educate our members, providing them with exposure to new ideas so they can enhance their professional deals. We represent individual producers rather than for-profit companies."

One critical issue that the duo emphasized is the lack of minimum salary and health insurance for PGA producers, essentially artists working on union productions. "We currently do not have access to health care benefits," they stated unequivocally.

Furthermore, De Line and Allain pointed out that many producers are toiling away without a guaranteed minimum wage, with countless individuals earning less than the industry standard. These hardworking professionals form the backbone of any production and deserve better compensation and benefits.

Expanding on why they stand in solidarity with the writers, the PGA presidents elaborated, "We are advocating for all producers to recognize their worth and value and to communicate this to their representatives so that studios, networks, and streaming platforms hear the resounding message that 'this is not fair, and we need to effect change.'"

They emphasized that despite sharing similar concerns as members of the Writers Guild and other guilds, producers have no seat at the bargaining table. Nevertheless, the PGA presidents conveyed their unwavering support for the writers and their fight for fair pay.

"Our members understand the struggle. Writers form the foundation of our industry, and witnessing their inadequate compensation is deeply distressing," De Line and Allain expressed. "We empathize and sympathize with their cause, which is why we stand united. They are fighting for themselves, the industry, the future of creative storytelling, and our cultural fabric. We share their values and are committed to working toward a fair resolution."

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