Who does the Writers Guild represent?
WGAE represents a range of professional writers. Our members are the creators of much of what is seen on television and in film, as well as a growing number of web series.
Our members are covered by one of two primary types of Guild contracts based on their field of work:
1. Freelance contracts and Minimum Basic Agreements (MBA)
67% of Guild East members work under freelance contracts in the following areas:
• Children’s television
• Daytime drama
• Digital media
• Documentaries—film and television
• Television comedy/variety
• Television episodic comedy and drama
2. Staff news contracts or collective bargaining agreements
(tend to be workplaces where members all work in one location or "shop")
33% of Guild East members work under Staff News contracts.
Staff news positions include but are not limited to:
• Assignment Editors
• Assistant Producers
• Associate Producers
• Graphic Artists
• News Desk Assistants
• News Desk Associates
• News Editors
• On-air Promotion Writers
• Production Assistants
• Service Aides
Some of our members are also “hyphenates,” who take on a number of different roles. These include writer-directors, writer-producers, and writer-director-producers. A few of our members, mostly in the digital realm, own their own independent production companies, which are signatory to the MBA. Once their production company becomes a signatory, the digital media writer joins the Guild as a member.