Executive Director’s Report

WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson reviews the last twelve months and the Guild’s substantial gains in both our core jurisdiction and in areas that have not historically been Guild-covered. Read the full May 2014 Executive Director’s Report to Council and Members here.

2014 MBA Signatory Application

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 broadcast networks to webisode production companies. Download the newly ratified 2014 MBA Signatory Application here.

Writers Guild Members Ratify New Contract

We are pleased to announce that our joint memberships have ratified our new contract with the AMPTP by an overwhelming majority of 98.5 percent. The new three-year deal commences on May 2, 2014 and remains in effect until May 1, 2017. You can read the full press release here.

We achieved important gains in this agreement including increases to our minimum compensation rates, increased contributions to our Pension Plan, minimums for subscription video-on-demand programs, increased residuals for ad-supported streaming, outsized increases in script minimums for one-hour basic cable writers, a doubling of the theatrical script publication fee, and a brand new provision limiting the options and exclusivity requirements often imposed on episodic television writers. If you’d like to see a summary of the new contract, click here.Each negotiating cycle is marked by the hard work of the Negotiating Committee, member volunteers, and Guild staff. Our thanks go out to all of those who contributed to the process and to the members who participated in the ratification vote.  We continue to build on the battles won by our predecessors and fight for the rights of generations to come.    

HEARTBLEED BUG UPDATE

We want to let you know that WGAE’s IT team patched the code potentially affected by the Heartbleed Bug. Many tech experts recommend you change your passwords, regardless. You can easily change your member login password by editing your profile here

A look at the new Low Budget Agreement

Jeremy Pikser, Vice President of Writers Guild of America, East, has an informative new contribution to the WGAE Write On Blog about the new Low Budget Agreement, which makes it possible to hire a to writer to work on an independent, low budget film. You can read Jeremy’s article here.

The Importance Social Media & Cloud Computing to Screenwriters

Writer Justin Samuels contributed an article to WGAE’s Write On Blog about how new forms of technology, like social media and cloud computing, have made it easier for screenwriters to protect themselves, their work and find ways around traditional barriers in the industry. Read the full post here.

WGAE certified as collective bargaining representative of writer-producers at Sharp Entertainment

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (the "WGAE") announced that it has been certified by the National Labor Relations Board to be the collective bargaining representative of the Producers, Coordinating Producers, Associate Producers and Writers employed by Sharp Entertainment, LLC. Sharp is one of the most well regarded production companies in the nonfiction world, producing shows for cable television such as Doomsday Preppers, Property Wars, and Call of the Wildman. Region 2 of the National Labor Relations Board conducted a representation election by mail ballot and by in-person vote in January; ballots were counted on February 3Click here to read the full press release.

An Interview with WGAE Member David Guggenheim (SAFE HOUSE, MEDALLION)

David Guggenheim broke into the business in February 2010 by selling the spec script Safe House which was produced and has grossed $208M worldwide. Since that time, Guggenheim has sold two more spec scripts: “Black Box” to Universal and “Narco Sub” to 20th Century Fox, as well as the pitch “Puzzle Palace”. With several other projects in development and having made the Black List twice (2010, 2012), it’s safe to say Guggenheim is one of the hottest action-thriller screenwriters in Hollywood today.Here are links to the six installments of the entire interview:

So… That Happened

 By W. Kamau Bell. So… that happened.That is one of my favorite lines in the history of film. It is from David Mamet’s brilliant State and Main. It comes out of the mouth of Alec Baldwin’s character right after he totals his car and the underage girl he was — and shouldn’t have been —with runs from the scene of the crimes. Alec casually looks to the person who witnessed the whole thing and says, matter of factly, “So… that happened.”I always took that to mean, “I don’t know what the fuck that was exactly, but it happened. And now we all just have to deal with it and move on.”Yup, Totally Biased has been canceled.So… that happened.

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I Love My Writers Guild of America, East

By Amanda ColeA couple of nights ago I was at a small film get together hosting Derek Cianfrance (writer/director of Blue Valentine). He used phrases like “I thought I was cursed” and “people thought I was delusional” about making his first movie. This language oddly made me feel better… click and scroll down for full article.