Members of Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have ratified a new three-year contract with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP). WGA membership overwhelmingly voted 98% for ratification of the treaty. Of the 4,155 valid votes cast, there were 4,068 in favor and 87 against (2%). The term of the agreement is from May 2, 2020 to May 1, 2023.
According to diversityAfter six weeks of negotiations on ZOOM, the deal was reached earlier this month, addressing some of the concerns about the industry's start of production in the shadow of the COVID 19 pandemic. With the WGA leaders unanimously endorsing the successor agreement, it was no surprise that the new agreement was easily ratified.
"This year we were faced with a unique negotiating situation due to COVID-19, but despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have made profits that will serve the interests of writers for the next three years," said WGAW President David A. Goodman and WGAE President Beau Willimon in a joint statement. “Without a determined negotiating committee, dedicated volunteer members and our professional WGA staff, we couldn't have done that. We thank all authors who contributed to the process and participated in the ratification vote. "
Profits from the contract include: funding required for the WGA pension plan; Increase in minimum remuneration rates for writers; Increase residuals and decrease budget breaks for high-budget subscription video-on-demand (HBSVOD); a very first portable paid parental fund; Elimination of discounts for “new authors” for film and television authors and the training program for authors who disproportionately influenced authors in underrepresented groups; improved options, exclusivity and span protection; a higher fee for publishing scripts; and strengthening the right to meet with employers through their inclusion and justice programs and anti-harassment measures.
Source: Writers Guild of America West