Writers Guild Contract Negotiations With Studios Pushed Again a Week

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With no fanfare, Hollywood studios and leaders of the Writers Guild of America have moved again the beginning of masters contract negotiations every week to Could 18.

Representatives of the WGA and the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers weren’t instantly obtainable for remark concerning the change, which was revealed Saturday.

The 2 sides had exchanged proposals, as scheduled, on Could 1 prematurely of beginning negotiations remotely on Could 11. They’re dealing with a June 30 contract expiration. The WGA and the AMPTP initially agreed in early March to launch talks on March 23, however the coronavirus pandemic disrupted these plans.

In response to sources, the important thing points for the WGA embody:

— Enhancements within the fee construction for junior writers in “mini rooms,” through which small teams of writers work on a number of sequence scripts in lieu of a produced pilot.

— Enhancements in streaming residuals for made-for-subscription video on demand, or SVOD, and reuse. This was a key achieve within the settlement ratified final month by members of the Administrators Guild of America.

— Positive aspects in the way in which “span” work-term points are calculated and compensated for writers working for prolonged stretches on restricted sequence with solely six to 12 episodes per season, moderately than the standard 22 episodes. They’re additionally hoping to enhance the period of time that writers may be contractually sure to these exhibits. This was a key situation within the 2017 negotiations.

— Adjustments to Pension and Well being plan contributions. In mid-April, WGA West government director David Younger, the guild’s lead negotiator, raised the problem of easing eligibility for medical health insurance for members who would lose their protection later this yr. He referred to as the AMPTP “despicable” when its president, Carol Lombardini, stated that she would wish to seek the advice of with the studios. That led to hypothesis that the dispute might derail the beginning of talks, however the WGA notified its members on April 30 that negotiations would proceed as deliberate.

The WGA negotiations may be going down whereas SAG-AFTRA remains to be holding its grasp contract negotiations. The talks with the performers union and the AMPTP started on April 27 — additionally on a distant foundation and with each side pledging to stick to a information blackout till the talks are accomplished. The SAG-AFTRA contract additionally has a June 30 expiration.

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