Draw the “write” conclusion: Scriptwriting for animation is scriptwriting, period.
Writing performed for animated films, TV shows, and "webisodes" can in some cases be covered by WGAE contracts. Writers on shows like The Simpsons, Futurama, and Family Guy have long benefited from the terms and conditions of their Writers Guild contracts, earning benefits like residual payments, Guild pay rates, health insurance, and pension contributions.
If you are negotiating or have been hired to work on an animation project, give us a call at 212-767-7808 to see if we can help you devise a strategy to gain a Guild contract.
“Before I joined the Guild, I’d routinely see my work re-air or turn up on DVDs or as picture books and know I'd never be paid a penny extra. After I joined, the benefits of union membership really hit home the day I opened what I assumed was a piece of junk mail and found a check for residuals for episodes I had written years before.”
-- Susan Kim, animation writer and Guild Council Member