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The WGA and AMPTP reach a tentative agreement to end the Writers Strike

Writers Guild

After 146 days on strike, the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have announced a tentative agreement that will end the strike. The framework for the deal was finalized on Sunday.

In a joint statement, the WGA and AMPTP stated:

The WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement.

The details of the agreement haven’t been released but will be ahead of the vote by the membership to decide if it should be ratified.

The next step is the WGA negotiating committee coting on whether to recommend the agreement and send it to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval. That’s tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. Another vote could lift the strike “restraining order.” That would allow scribes to return to work while waiting for the results of the ratification vote.

While they’re still on strike, the picketing is suspended.

The agreement came after a breakthrough regarding AI and staffining which were sticking points.

But, what’s next? Can scribes return to work right away? With SAG-AFTRA still on strike looking for a new agreement of their own, some feel the WGA should show solidarity between the unions.

Below is the WGA’s message to its members.


We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA, which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language.

What we have won in this contract – most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd – is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the pain and uncertainty of the past 146 days. It is the leverage generated by your strike, in concert with the extraordinary support of our union siblings, that finally brought the companies back to the table to make a deal.

We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.

What remains now is for our staff to make sure everything we have agreed to is codified in final contract language. And though we are eager to share the details of what has been achieved with you, we cannot do that until the last “i” is dotted. To do so would complicate our ability to finish the job. So, as you have been patient with us before, we ask you to be patient again – one last time.

Once the Memorandum of Agreement with the AMPTP is complete, the Negotiating Committee will vote on whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval. The Board and Council will then vote on whether to authorize a contract ratification vote by the membership.

If that authorization is approved, the Board and Council would also vote on whether to lift the restraining order and end the strike at a certain date and time (to be determined) pending ratification. This would allow writers to return to work during the ratification vote, but would not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.

Immediately after those leadership votes, which are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday if the language is settled, we will provide a comprehensive summary of the deal points and the Memorandum of Agreement. We will also convene meetings where members will have the opportunity to learn more about and assess the deal before voting on ratification.

To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then. But we are, as of today, suspending WGA picketing. Instead, if you are able, we encourage you to join the SAG-AFTRA picket lines this week.

Finally, we appreciated your patience as you waited for news from us — and had to fend off rumors — during the last few days of the negotiation. Please wait for further information from the Guild. We will have more to share with you in the coming days, as we finalize the contract language and go through our unions’ processes.

As always, thank you for your support. You will hear from us again very soon.

Skybound Entertainment and Fuji TV Join Forces to Adapt Heart Attack into a Live Action Sci-Fi TV Show

Skybound Entertainment has announced a partnership with leading Japanese broadcasting network Fuji TV to bring the comic series Heart Attack to life as an electrifying sci-fi television series. The series is a co-production between the two, with Fuji TV to lead production and broadcast the series and Skybound Entertainment distributing the title worldwide. Production is slated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2023. 

The TV series is based on the Skybound comic Heart Attack, written by creator Shawn Kittelsen and illustrator Eric Zawadzki. It explores a post-pandemic world where gene therapy has saved Americans from disease—only to give birth to Variants: people with powers so unique, the government denies their human rights.  

The Japanese TV adaption follows the love story between the novel’s protagonists; two teenagers from different backgrounds whose connection unlocks a secret power. Together, they are willing to fight for their existence and freedom in an irrational world, despite the odds.

This partnership leverages the creative talents of both companies, combining Skybound’s expertise in developing and producing captivating content across platforms with Fuji TV’s extensive experience in delivering exceptional programming to Japanese audiences. 

Further updates, including casting announcements and a premiere date, will be unveiled in the coming months.  

Brace yourselves for a captivating journey into the extraordinary world of Heart Attack. 

Heart Attack

Listen to “My Sails are Set” from Netflix’s One Piece

The second single from Netflix’s upcoming live action adaptation of the best-selling manga in history, One Piece has just released. Available everywhere now,  “My Sails are Set” feat. Aurora, is the dazzling second single, written and produced by Billboard chart-topping artists Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli, from the depths of this highly awaited series.

Uniting the acclaimed composers and music producers, Belousova and Ostinelli – the masterminds behind the phenomenal soundtrack of “The Witcher” – with the effervescent sensation, Norwegian art pop superstar, Aurora, the artist behind the Academy Awards and Golden Globes nominated song “Into The Unknown” from Frozen II, this collaboration is a celestial symphony in motion. Aurora’s ethereal vocals cast a spell, immersing listeners in a sublime realm. Belousova & Ostinelli, the composers of the viral sensation “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher,” are set to make waves once again, this time in collaboration with Aurora, as they continue to create unforgettable music for captivating stories and push barriers in the epic fantasy action-adventure genre whilst retaining their trademark expansive sound. Together they composed the original score to One Piece as well as wrote & produced the original songs.

The track is the second listen of the eventual soundtrack, which will be released alongside the series on Thursday, August 31.

Based on Japan’s highest-selling manga series in history by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece is a legendary high-seas adventure unlike any other. Monkey D. Luffy is a young adventurer who has longed for a life of freedom since he can remember. Luffy sets off from his small village on a perilous journey to find the legendary fabled treasure, ONE PIECE, to become King of the Pirates! But in order to find the ultimate prize, Luffy will need to assemble the crew he’s always wanted before finding a ship to sail, searching every inch of the vast blue seas, outpacing the Marines, and outwitting dangerous rivals at every turn. 

Starring Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji, One Piece is a live action pirate adventure created in partnership with Shueisha and produced by Tomorrow Studios and Netflix. Matt Owens and Steven Maeda are writers, executive producers, and showrunners. Eiichiro Oda, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements also executive produce. Previously announced cast includes Vincent Regan, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Morgan Davies, Aidan Scott, Langley Kirkwood, Jeff Ward, Celeste Loots, Alexander Maniatis, McKinley Belcher III, Craig Fairbrass, Steven Ward, Chioma Umeala and Michael Dorman. Additional cast to be announced.

The Walking Dead Complete Collection arrives October 17 on Blu-ray and DVD

 The Walking Dead The Complete Collection

The Walking Dead, the Complete Collection of the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV series arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 17 from Lionsgate. Created by Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont, The Walking Dead The Complete Collection follows the survivors of the walker apocalypse as they fight the dead and fear the living. The series features Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, and Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun. The Walking Dead The Complete Collection includes all 11 seasons on 54 discs including a bonus disc containing a 42-minute documentary on the making of the final season, as well as a still gallery. The Blu-ray + Digital version will feature never-before-seen original packaging and disc artwork by Clio Award-winning artist Oliver Barrett. The Walking Dead The Complete Collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $209.97 (Blu-ray + Digital) and on DVD exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price $149.98.

After sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma in an abandoned hospital, he’s immediately thrust into a life-or-death struggle in an apocalyptic, walker-ravaged world. This complete collection of the Primetime Emmy® Award-winning series, based on Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed comic book, follows Rick and his band of survivors – Daryl, Morgan, Maggie, Carol, Michonne, Glenn, and more – as they struggle to survive their bleak new reality where the living pose as much of a threat as the hungry, roaming undead. From Alexandria and its promise of a better life to Negan’s ruthless Saviors to the Commonwealth’s corruption, every harrowing, suspenseful moment is here. But hope never dies, for as Rick defiantly puts it, “We’re the ones who live.”


  • Behind-the-scenes documentary “The Walking Dead: Making of the Final Season”
  • Additional bonus features from all previous single season releases

Dive into the world of Mech Cadets, the animated series launches today on Netflix

Mech Cadets, an animated series based on the BOOM! Studios comic book series Mech Cadet Yu by writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa, premieres on Netflix today! The comic series features colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Simon Bowland.

Set fifty years in the future after a terrifying alien species attacked our planet, teenager Stanford Yu works as a janitor at the Sky Corps Military Academy. But he’s only dreamed of one thing his entire life — to pilot a Robo Mech, giant robots from outer-space who came to our aid. When he finally gets his shot, Stanford and his classmates must put aside all personal differences and work together as a team in order to defend humanity against a new invasion of aliens.

The series is executive produced by BOOM! Studios, Japanese studio Polygon Pictures Inc., and Aaron Lam who serves as the writer and an executive producer of the series.

Marvel VFX workers vote to Unionize

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The visual effects team for Marvel have voted to unionize with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The union made the announcement on August 7.

A supermajority of the 50-worker crew have signed authorization cards indicating they wanted to be represented by the union.

The IATSE represents others in the field such as production designers/art directors, camera operators, sound, editors, hair and makeup artists, costumes/wardrobe, script supervisors, grips, lighting, props, and paint.

Marvel’s treatment of their VFX team has made news with reports of their feeling they’re spread too thin between films and television resulting in poorly received results as well as last-minute deadlines.

The Kaiju No. 8 anime gets a new trailer

In a world plagued by threatening creatures known as Kaiju, Kafka Hibino aspired to enlist in the Japan Defense Force to defeat them.

“Let’s wipe out the Kaiju together.”

Kafka pledged to his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro. Over time, life circumstances forced them to go their separate ways and caused him to abandon his lifelong ambition.

He found himself employed by Monster Sweeper, Inc., a professional cleaning company that specializes in cleaning up the aftermath of Kaiju battles. Meanwhile, Mina Ashiro is now the Captain of the Defense Force’s 3rd Division. As it stands, he is currently unworthy of fighting Kaiju alongside her.

At work, Kafka crosses paths with the highly motivated Reno Ichikawa. Reno’s undying determination to join the Defense Force leaves no room for failure. His perseverance reawakens Kafka’s ambition of standing next to Mina as they protect humanity from Kaiju together.

A dream frozen by time, thawed by a burning promise

But Kafka doesn’t know that an imminent Kaiju threat is unexpectedly approaching him.

Kaiju No. 8 is based on the manga by Naoya Matsumoto. Kaiju No. 8 the anime is coming April 2024.

I Am Groot’s Season 2 gets a trailer

You woodn’t beleaf what Groot gets up to in Season 2!

Marvel StudiosI Am Groot Season 2 is streaming September 6 on Disney+ with five new shorts. Timed for National Tree Day.

The troublemaking twig returns to mischief in the second season of I Am Groot. This time, Baby Groot finds himself exploring the universe and beyond aboard the Guardians’ spaceships, coming face-to-face—or nose-to-nose—with new and colorful creatures and environments. Vin Diesel is back as the voice of Groot in five all-new shorts. Kirsten Lepore, writer/director of season one, returns in the same capacity for season two.

The supervising producer is Danielle Costa; producers are Craig Rittenbaum and Alex Scharf; executive producers are Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Kirsten Lepore. Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt is co-executive producer.

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