You can find the application documents and other useful information in the Relevant Links section below.
A signatory company is an employer that has signed a collective bargaining agreement with WGA. Any company intending to employ a Guild member, or option or purchase literary material from a Guild member, must become signatory to the Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement. Signatory companies range from the industry’s biggest film studios to independent production companies, and from large broadcast/cable/streaming news networks to online media and entertainment companies.
WGAE Film/TV/Streaming members can only work for companies that are signatory to Guild contracts. If you would like to work for an employer who is not a signatory, call the Guild and we’ll help you strategize to make that happen. Contact the Organizing Department at 212-767-7808.
If you are forming your own production company, contact us about making your company signatory to a Guild Agreement. Contact the Signatories Department at 212-767-7837.
Working for a signatory company is always going to improve writers’ health and pension benefits and better their working conditions.
Signatory Application Procedures
A Company intending to employ, option or purchase literary material must be signatory prior to entering into an agreement with a Writer. In order to obtain signatory status, a company must complete the following steps:
Download and complete the signatory application, or contact Rochelle Rubin, the Signatories Administrator, to request a signatory application via:
- Telephone: (212) 767-7837
- Fax: (212) 582-1909 (Attn: Signatories Department)
- Email: Signatories
Complete and sign the application then submit it with a draft of the writer’s contract.
Please note these additional requirements for self-financed/-produced, Original New Media projects.
Return the application and all other required documents via mail to:
Writers Guild of America, East, Inc.
250 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Signatories Department will review the application to determine if additional information and/or documents are needed (which may include various financial assurances). The Guild’s acceptance of your Company as a signatory may depend upon your properly executing all signatory documents.
If your company is not deemed an appropriate signatory, you will be notified. If the Guild accepts your Company as a signatory, you will be mailed a countersigned Letter of Adherence.
The Producer-WGA Pension and Health Plans will separately determine your Company’s status to the Trust Agreements.
ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL SIGNATURES ARE DISCOURAGED
A Company intending to employ, option or purchase literary material must be signatory prior to entering into an agreement with a Writer.