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WGA writers strike continues, media CEO gives commencement speech | USA TODAY

Protesters chanted during Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's commencement speech in solidarity with the WGA writers' strike.

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Film and TV screenwriters earlier this month began striking after talks with producers broke off. The WGA is seeking better pay, new contracts for the streaming era and safeguards against the use of AI-scripted work-arounds.

In Cannes, the strike been a regular topic for American stars, filmmakers and producers. On Thursday, Ethan Hawke wore a shirt that read "Pencils Down." On the festival's opening day Tuesday, juror Paul Dano said he planned to join his wife, Zoe Kazan, on the picket lines soon.

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