The Writers Guilds of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have brokered a tentative deal on terms for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.
With the agreement, WGA union members will see an increase in contribution to their health plans, have job protection while on parental leave and expand their protection in options and exclusivity.
“We also made unprecedented gains on the issue of short seasons in television, winning a definition — which has never before existed in our MBA — of 2.4 weeks of work for each episodic fee,” the Guilds’ negotiating committee said in an online statement posted Tuesday (May 2).
Writer-producers can now expect additional payment for any work beyond that time frame.
The members also gain a 15% increase in pay TV residuals, a roughly $15 million bump in high-budget SVOD residuals and, for the first time ever, residuals for comedy-variety writers in pay TV.
Although the WGA said they didn’t get everything they wanted, with almost unanimous support from the writers, the Guild was able to achieve a deal that will net its members $130 million more over the life of the contract than they were expected to accept, the memo said.
As of Tuesday morning, there was no word from AMPTP about the negotiated contract.
The deal comes after the members of the Guild, the union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new media industries, overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike (April 24), if an agreement could not be reached by the union and the studios when their contract was to expire on May 1.