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Screen Credits Referendum Overwhelmingly Approved

August 1, 2008

To Our Fellow Members:

We're pleased to inform you that ballots have been tabulated, and members of the Writers Guilds, East and West have overwhelmingly approved all three proposed amendments to the Screen Credits Manual. A total of 1,619 ballots were cast with the following results:

  • Proposal #1 - Arbiter Teleconference - 90% in favor of adopting the amendment (1,455 yes; 154 no).
  • Proposal #2 - Elimination of Relaxed Standard - Percentage Requirements to Receive Screenplay Credit - 86% in favor of adopting the amendment (1,387 yes; 219 no).
  • Proposal #3 - Rules for Production Executive Teams - Elimination of 60% Rule - 83% in favor of adopting the amendment (1,344 yes; 268 no).

The amendments are effective immediately, and will apply to any project for which a Notice of Tentative Writing Credits is submitted on or after August 1, 2008. The text of the amendments may be found on each Guild's website at www.wgaeast.org and www.wga.org.

Thanks to all of you who participated in this important referendum, yet another indication of our continued, growing solidarity. Special thanks to the members of the Credits Review Committee for their patience, commitment and hard work.

Sincerely,

Michael Winship

President, WGAE

Patric M. Verrone

President, WGAW