« RAISING MINIMUMS FOR TEAMS: Expert teams figures of two same minimum wage as a single writer first appeared in the MBA at a time when a team could work enough to earn a comfortable living. But the growing proliferation of short-order series has made television writing team work financially unsustainable for many. We need to protect both screen writers and TV writers as a team by establishing a minimum of higher teams. Two or three people, even if they are part of a team, contribute more than just one author. In the past, authors who earned less than $280,000 per season from a show were entitled to the formula to ensure that they were always paid at the guild`s weekly minimum rate – something that went wrong for many writers, because more shows began to have longer production cycles for less than 22 episodes. The new agreement is designed to move the ceiling to 325,000 $US per season. In addition, the new agreement provides additional protections for television authors in the area of options and exclusivity. Streaming series often have fewer episodes and a different work schedule than traditional network series, which can encourage writers to renew lower-perform contracts. Increasing the minimum wage for writers in all areas is a « critical » element of the WGA`s negotiating strategy in its ongoing negotiations on a new film and television contract, the WGA`s negotiating committee said today in a statement to Guild members. The new agreement emphasizes that authors receive their fair share of the pie in the global video streaming industry. According to Bloomberg, streaming was estimated at $43 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $125 billion by 2025. « The MBA sets minimum standards for the initial remuneration of writers, to ensure our livelihoods and set fair standards for our industry.
Although some of us earn more than the minimum, the increase in minimum requirements affects all authors. On television, for example, pension and health fund contributions are generally paid up to 21 times the current minimum wage. When minimum benefits increase, contributions to the funds are also made. Therefore, increasing minimum wages is essential both for individual authors and for the strength of our retirement plan and health fund. Minimum values are also the basis on which many of our residues are calculated. The agreement provides for higher payments for subscription video streaming services, known as SVOD, as well as reduced budget breaks in streaming and backtracking. The new agreement also provides for the abolition of the training of writers and new handovers of authors that under-rate screen and television minimums for newcomers, which have a disproportionate impact on under-represented groups; A new paid parental leave fund As well as increases in pension funds. Talks between the WGA and AMPTP began six weeks ago on a distant basis due to the COVID 19 pandemic, following the evacuation of two launch dates. The representatives were about to expire on June 30 – and the lack of agreement had raised fears in the studios that a strike would be underway if no agreement was reached. In April, the Directors Guild of America approved a three-year contract to succeed the DGA master`s contract for feature film and prime-time television. The agreement provides for increases in the residue of high-budget streaming content, pensions, salaries and TV creative rights.
Among the most important benefits of joining The Guild writers as an author for screen, television or new media are rights and protection negotiated and protected by the Basic Minimum Agreement (MBA). This agreement covers the salaries, benefits, pensions, working conditions, balances and organisational rights of writers. Without a guild contract, each author is left to fend for himself to negotiate his contracts and set conditions for the resi