The Guild 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 and online media outlets.
Our members are covered by one of three primary types of Guild contracts based on their field of work:
I. Film/TV/Streaming contracts and the Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA)
Film/TV/Streaming members work in the film and television industries, and in the entertainment industry more broadly. Each employer of Film/TV/Streaming sector members is a signatory to the same contract—the Minimum Basic Agreement (“MBA”), which is renegotiated every four years—or, in some cases, is a signatory to one of several truncated versions of the MBA.
These members work under what are known as Film/TV/Streaming contracts in the following areas:
- Children’s television
- Daytime drama
- New media (e.g. web series, videogames, etc.)
- Documentaries—film and television
- Podcasts (both fiction and nonfiction)
- Television comedy/variety
- Television episodic comedy and drama
Hyphenates & writer-owned production companies
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 new media realm, own their own independent production companies, which are signatory to the MBA. Once their production company becomes a signatory, the writer joins the Guild as a member.
II. Broadcast/Cable/Streaming News contracts
Broadcast/Cable/Streaming News contracts cover workplaces where members all work in one location, or “shop,” where the material they create is distributed via radio or television — such as radio/television news broadcasting and public television stations. Employers of Broadcast/Cable/Streaming News members are signatories to shop-specific collective bargaining agreements (CBAs).
Positions in Broadcast/Cable/Streaming News sector contracts can include, but are not limited to:
- Assignment Editors
- Assistant Producers
- Associate Producers
- Graphic Artists
- News Desk Assistants
- News Desk Associates
- News Editors
- News writers
- On-air Promotion Writers
- Production Assistants
- Service Aides
III. Online Media contracts
Online Media contracts cover workplaces where members all work in one location, or “shop,” where the material they create is distributed in a digital-first model. Employers of Online Media members are signatories to shop-specific collective bargaining agreements (CBAs).
Positions in Online Media sector contracts cover a range of titles that vary from shop to shop, including (but not limited to):
- Copy Editors
- Video Producers
- Social Media Producers
- Graphic Designers
The path to Guild membership works differently depending the sector in which a person works. Fundamentally, though, the demand of any group of workers forming a union is the same – to win a formal seat at the table in order to negotiate over the future of their workplace. Each group decides what to advocate for at the bargaining table as a union.
Our members are covered by one of three primary types of Guild contracts based on their field of work.