WGA Seeking Broad Gains For TV Writers In Film & TV Contract Talks With AMPTP

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Pay for television writers is not keeping up with industry profits, the WGA told its members Thursday in the guild’s latest update on its proposals for a new film and TV contract. The talks with th…

told its members Thursday in the guild’s latest update on its proposals for a new film and TV contract. The talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers got underway May 18 after the guild’s current contract, which had been set to expire May 1, was extended to June 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The guild said that its proposals “would help ensure that TV writers secure the gains and protections they need in our booming and ever-evolving business.” These are some of the gains the guild says it’s seeking at the bargaining table: “MINI ROOMS: Increasingly, writers are being asked to break an entire season of story in rooms that meet for brief periods of time and pay them only scale. In these rooms, writers often forego their episodic fees. Weekly compensation needs to be adjusted to reflect that more work is being done in a condensed period of time and to reward the value of the content that mini room writers create.

“TEAMS: The fact that TV writers working as a team are paid the same amount as individual writers does not make sense. Teams may split scripts, but they do not split time in the room. They contribute two separate voices. They work as individuals. And now, with the growing prevalence of short order series, the arbitrary penalty of working for half of minimum has become unsustainable for many teams of two. We propose a higher minimum for writers working as a team.


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And in this environment the talent can win. If only the weak leadership at sagaftra had the stones to fight for their memebers. Years ago when they gave in to digital media demands they hurt their members for a full decade.

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