The credited writer(s) on a produced project receive(s) the residual compensation. Regardless of how much you are paid or what you contribute to the final shooting script on a project, you only receive MBA residuals if you receive writing credit.

The following Guild determined credits generate residuals for writers under the MBA:

For Theatrical Motion Pictures

  • Written by
  • Story by
  • Screen Story by
  • Screenplay by
  • Adaptation by
  • Narration Written by

For television motion pictures, including episodic television

  • Written by
  • Story by
  • Television Story by
  • Teleplay by
  • Adaptation by
  • Narration Written by
  • Created by

Residuals for theatrical and television motion pictures, including episodic programs, are allocated as follows: "Written by" -- 100%; "Screenplay/Teleplay by"--(if a "Story by" or "Screen/Television Story by" credit is accorded)--75%; Story by" or "Screen/Television Story by"--25%. In general, if no form of "Story by" credit is accorded, 100% goes to the writer(s) receiving "Screenplay/Teleplay by" credit. The residual for minor credits such as "Adaptation by" is 10%. In that instance, the residual is allocated as follows: "Adaptation by"--10%; "Screenplay/Teleplay by"--65%; "Story by"--25%.

For comedy/variety, serials, and quiz/audience participation shows:

  • Written by
  • Writers
  • Special Material/Sketch Written by
  • Writing Supervised by/Head Writer

For television documentaries, news, and public affairs programming:

  • Writer
  • Written by
  • Documentary Script by
  • Continuity by
  • Special Material/Interview Material by
  • News Staff
  • Newswriter
  • Narration Written by
  • Telescript by
  • Story by

Source material credits, such as "Based on the book by," are not writing credits that generate residual compensation under the MBA. Also, the "Developed by" credit does not generate residuals.

NOTE: The Guild does not process your residual payment until the writing credits are finally determined. To prevent delays in the processing of your residual payment, if you have written on a project on which principal photography has been completed, and neither you nor your designated representative have received a Notice of Tentative Writing Credits for that project, please immediately contact the WGAE Credits Department at (212) 767-7800.