WGA Audio Alliance
High-budget scripted podcasts are a relatively new and burgeoning business in the United States, and as writers of scripted podcasts we are in a unique position to set the standards of an industry from the beginning. We have therefore started organizing with the Writers Guild of America, East.
As large companies funnel more and more money towards scripted podcasts, we believe that the writers who make those podcasts possible should receive fair compensation, pension and health benefits, and credit for their work. We also believe in the power of shared information. As production companies look to the independent community for the next big hit, we want to be sure that scripted podcast writers at all levels know their worth in advance of any negotiations. Equally, we are committed to the diversity of audio fiction writers: this medium has long been one in which diverse voices are able to tell their own stories, and we will work to preserve this richness as the industry grows.
We invite you to get involved and:
If you have any questions, please contact Internal Organizer Ani Quigley at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a member of the WGA West, please reach out to WGAW Member Organizing.
Scripted Audio Writers Database
In the film and television industry, the Guild is fighting to achieve pay and opportunity equity for writers and hiring and retention transparency from the companies employing them. Because the industry is densely unionized, the Guild has the ability to bargain directly with companies to achieve these goals, and our aim is to build the union density necessary to make collective demands of the audio industry, as well. In the meantime, we commit to sharing information with the goal of undercutting pay disparity; to showcasing BIPOC writers in our events and panels; to utilizing our platform to highlight the work of BIPOC creators, networks, and organizing efforts; and to learning from the experiences of current and aspiring writers from underrepresented communities.
We have created a database of writers of audio fiction designed to be shared with writers looking for collaborators, with showrunners, and with production companies. Our goal is to connect writers to new projects and work and, specifically, to highlight those among us whose voices are traditionally underrepresented – BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, veterans, and disabled writers.
You are welcome to add your own entry to the form if you have an audio fiction writing credit for a third-party funded or indie show. Please note that the database is designed for writers who have already written audio fiction, and that your contact information will be available to anyone viewing the database. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please contact WGAE Internal Organizer Ani Quigley at email@example.com.
Access the Scripted Audio Writers Database here
Add your name to the database here