WGA and AMPTP Make Deal and Avert Strike

Up to the actual May 2nd deadline to call a strike, the WGA and AMPTP made a deal on numerous points to avoid a potentially disastrous strike to Hollywood’s film and media industries.  The basic issues resolved were:

  • Minimums across the board — as well as contribution increases to our Health Plan that should ensure its solvency for years to come.
  • Expanded our protections in Options and Exclusivity.
  • Gains on the issue of short seasons in television, winning a definitionof 2.4 weeks of work for each episodic fee. Any work beyond that span will now require additional payment for hundreds of writer-producers.
  • 15% increase in Pay TV residuals.
  • Roughly $15 million in increases in High-Budget SVOD residuals
  • Residuals for comedy-variety writers in Pay TV.
  • Job protection on Parental Leave.”

Original article here.

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