Wga Minimum Basic Agreement Pay
“The MBA sets minimum standards for the initial remuneration of writers, to ensure our livelihoods and set fair standards for our industry. Although some of us earn more than the minimum, the increase in minimum requirements affects all authors. On television, for example, pension and health fund contributions are generally paid up to 21 times the current minimum wage. When minimum benefits increase, contributions to the funds are also made. Therefore, increasing minimum wages is essential both for individual authors and for the strength of our retirement plan and health fund. Minimum values are also the basis on which many of our residues are calculated. The new agreement emphasizes that authors receive their fair share of the pie in the global video streaming industry. According to Bloomberg, streaming was estimated at $43 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $125 billion by 2025. “FAIR SCRIPT FEES FOR FEATURES: We must also significantly increase the minimum scripting costs for screenwriters and ensure that writers working for streaming services receive the appropriate minimum compensation. Netflix, Amazon and Apple released 50 feature films last year, and HBO Max recently announced its entry into the feature film market. We must ensure that writers who work for these services receive minimum theatre, whether or not their films are published in cinemas. In addition, the new agreement provides additional protections for television authors in the area of options and exclusivity. Streaming series often have fewer episodes and a different work schedule than traditional network series, which can encourage writers to renew lower-perform contracts.
In April, the Directors Guild of America approved a three-year contract to succeed the DGA master`s contract for feature film and prime-time television. The agreement provides for increases in the residue of high-budget streaming content, pensions, salaries and TV creative rights. The agreement provides for higher payments for subscription video streaming services, known as SVOD, as well as reduced budget breaks in streaming and backtracking. “LIMITING DISCOUNTS ON MINIMUMS: The MBA currently offers discounts on minimum requirements in a number of areas that we consider unwarranted. We want to completely eliminate discounts for new writers and increase the number of guaranteed work weeks before studios can reduce the minimum wage for comedy professionals. The MBA also allows our employers to pay a minimum of reduced weekly TV if they guarantee a certain number of working weeks. However, as more and more writers only receive the minimum when working in “mini-spaces,” we need to increase the number of weeks to be guaranteed before a discount is granted. “Script costs and salary increases have been part of the history of any minimum WGA fundamental agreement,” the committee wrote. “But more than ever, nothing is taken for granted. Members need to understand why these proposals are essential. At least. The MBA is the collective agreement that covers most of the work of WGA authors. If you have any questions about the application or interpretation of the provisions, contact the Guild Contracts Department or call (323) 782-4501.
If you want to purchase a printed copy of the MBA or previous agreements or schedules, email Operations. “RAISING MINIMUMS FOR TEAMS: Expert teams figures of two same minimum wage as a single writer first appeared in the MBA at a time when a team could work enough to earn a comfortable living. But the growing proliferation of short-order series has made television writing team work financially unsustainable for many. We need to protect both screen writers and TV writers as a team by establishing a minimum of higher teams. Two or three people, even if they are part of a team, contribute more than just one author.