Entertainment, National

Last-Minute Deal Averts Screenwriters’ Strike

May 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA – After late-night talks May 1, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers agreed on a tentative three-year contract just before the union’s strike deadline.

The WGA said in a letter to members that the deal will net “$130 million more, over the life of the contract, than the pattern we were expected to accept.” The union hasn’t released the agreement’s details, but The Hollywood Reporter said it includes basic wage increases of 3% a year, with one-sixth of that to be deducted for health-care coverage. The studios will contribute about $90 million more to the WGA’s financially troubled health-care plan, and about $7 million will come out of workers’ pockets. TV writers will be able to take eight weeks’ parental leave, and will get a 15% increase in residuals for pay-TV shows. And in provisions the union sought to compensate for changes in the industry, writers will be paid more if they spend more than 2.4 weeks working on an episode of a show that has less than 15 episodes in a season. Read more

May 7, 2017

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