Here they are – deadline

The WGA released its application form prior to its negotiations with AMPTP.

It comes after the federation requested that members vote on it before talks start on March 20 and its contract expires on May 1.

Claims were divided into three main categories: compensation and residual, pension plan and health fund and occupational standards and protections in the employment of writers.

Most of the topics are expected to include higher minimum rates, the issue of small rooms, increased tailings and increased contributions to the Pension Fund.

However, some of them are somewhat unexpected for the broader industry including addressing the problem of artificial intelligence, which has come to the fore with the advent of services like ChatGPT, as well as the implementation of lower-end shows on late night streaming services.

Writers must vote by March 7.

Compensation and residuals
– Significantly increased minimum compensation to address writing impairment across all areas of television, new media and features
– Flat compensation and residual terms for features whether released theatrically or during broadcast
Addressing small room abuses
– Ensure adequate compensation for TV series writing throughout the entire process of pre-production, production and post-production
– Extended protection to all TV authors
Minimum MBA applied to comedy variety programs designed for new media
– Increase waste for uncompensated reuse markets
Restricting the use of extracts without compensation

Retirement plan and health fund
– Increasing contributions to the retirement plan and health fund

Professional standards and protections in hiring writers
– For feature contracts where the compensation is below a certain threshold, require a weekly payout and at least two steps
– Enhancing the regulation of options and exclusivity in TV writer work contracts
Regulate the use of materials produced using artificial intelligence or similar technologies
Enact measures to combat discrimination and harassment and to promote equal pay
– Review and expand all lists of arbitrators

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It is, in fact, very similar to the WGA’s pattern of demands three years earlier, which are also set in the same three areas.

In 2020, the union wanted to increase minimum compensation across the board, expand new media programs tailored to the MBA minimum, address issues with writing teams and compensation inequalities, strengthen protections against unpaid work and improve tailings for markets. reuse.

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