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April 7, 2017

Contract Bulletin: What Happened to the Screen Business?

What Happened to the Screen Business? Employment of screenwriters has been at lower levels in recent years than in previous periods. Tight spending policies adopted by the studios have driven some of the worst abuses to high levels. Free rewrites, pre-writes, roundtables, sweepstakes pitching and late payments are all symptoms of the studios starving the […]

April 7, 2017

Contract Bulletin: The State of Our Pension & Health Plans

The State of Our Pension & Health Plans The Guild’s health and pension plans are fundamental elements of economic security for film, television, and digital writers. Writers in the 1960s struck to establish these benefits. Protecting them is a key goal of the Guild. In this negotiation, we don’t seek a better health plan, only […]

April 7, 2017

Contract Bulletin: The State of the Industry: Unprecedented Prosperity

The State of the Industry: Unprecedented Prosperity Industry profits have risen to new heights. The entertainment industry has never been more profitable. As illustrated in the chart below, in 2016 the six major media companies that dominate film and television, and employ almost all Guild writers (CBS, Comcast, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom), reported almost […]

April 7, 2017

Contract Bulletin: Writers: Not Keeping Up

Writers: Not Keeping Up During this “peak TV” era, when more television is being produced than ever, and when everyone who works in television is finding a sellers’ market for their skills, why is the average TV writer seeing their income go down? There are five critical parts to the answer: The number of episodes, […]

April 2, 2017

Strike Vote Authorization: Contract Bulletins

In preparation of the Strike Authorization Vote, the Guilds have put together contract bulletins: The State of the Industry: Unprecedented Prosperity Writers: Not Keeping Up The State of Our Pension & Health Plans What Happened to the Screen Business? You can find more information about MBA negotiations and the Strike Authorization Vote by clicking on the […]

March 27, 2017

Call for Submissions: WGAE Screenplay Reading Series

The Writers Guild of America, East’s popular Screenplay Reading Series continues this summer. In July 2017, we will feature two screenplay excerpts, a comedy and a drama. A panel of judges will determine the winners to be read. The readings will be cast, directed and performed by experienced industry professionals. WGAE President Michael Winship will […]

March 16, 2017

Statement on Proposed Cuts to the NEA, NEH and Public Broadcasting

DGA, SAG-AFTRA and WGA West and East Statement on the Administration’s Proposed Cuts to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (March 16, 2017) – The DGA, SAG-AFTRA and WGA West and East—as the Guilds representing creators and performers in American film, television, radio, […]

February 22, 2017

Watch: 2017 Writers Guild Awards (Full Ceremony, Opening Monologue, Honorary Awards)

On February 19th, the Writers Guild of America, East presented the 69th annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom. The WGAE’s New York Ceremony was hosted by Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated stand-up comedian Lewis Black (The Daily Show, Inside Out) and co-executive produced by Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker. Watch video of the full […]

January 27, 2017

2017 Writers Guild Awards: FINAL VOTING REMINDER

Your vote can make a difference in determining the Writers Guild Award winners, demonstrating to the world at large what you think represents the best writing of last year. You have until Monday, January 30th at 3pm EST to cast a ballot in the following categories: Original Screenplay Adapted Screenplay Comedy Series Dramatic Series New […]

January 9, 2017

2017 Writers Guild Awards: Final Voting For Screen & Series

The FINAL voting period to determine the winners for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards will be open as of 1pm today for the following categories: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY ADAPTED SCREENPLAY COMEDY SERIES DRAMATIC SERIES NEW SERIES Vote online at: https://eballot4.votenet.com/wga Your username is your last name and your password is your 5-digit member ID number. The […]