(LOS ANGELES)— PEN America issued the following comments from CEO Suzanne Nossel on the agreement between writers and the film and television industry:

“PEN America celebrates the agreement between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television that will let writers return to the rich, reflective, and catalytic power of storytelling. This agreement did not come easily; thousands of individuals engaged in the creative economy were deeply impacted by the work stoppage. Our own Screenwriters Emergency Financial Assistance Fund was a small gesture of support, and we recognize the sacrifices of so many to reach this agreement. 

As champions of a thriving culture and open expression, we view the work of screen and television writers as a public good that nurtures, inspires, deepens understandings, and unleashes empathy. We are grateful for a resolution that will compensate writers fairly and addresses the impact of A.I. on culture and creativity.”

About PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. To learn more visit PEN.org 

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, [email protected], 201-247-5057