In a Statement from the Guild on 29 July, it was said that WGA membership had voted 98% in favour of the treaty. The agreement applies during the period from May 2, 2020 to May 1, 2023. “This year, Covid-19 faced us with a unique situation in the negotiations, but despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have made gains in an agreement that will serve the interests of writers for the next three years,” said David Goodman, WGAW President, and Beau Willimon, President of the WGAE. In addition, the union stated that the agreement offers improved options, exclusivity and margin protection; A higher fee for the publication of the script; and the right to meet with employers about their inclusion and participation programs and anti-harassment measures. The ratification of the agreement will formalize the provisional agreement, which is included in a July 1 memo to WGA membership. PACT/BECTU TV Drama Agreement was signed in May 2017, but is expected to come into force on 1 December 2017. The agreement applies to all the essential working conditions of the crew that handles independent British drama and comedy productions. This eliminates the possibility of a scribes strike on contractual issues, including increased pay and residues for streaming and video-on-demand production. Ellie Peers, General Secretary of the WGGB, said: “New negotiations with the pact have started well, with the authors of the WGGB/Pact Television Agreement receiving substantial increases in minimum rates. We look forward to working with the LDC and the pact as part of the newly created negotiating forum to update the joint agreement on television and prove it in the future. The agreement also includes a first portable paid parenting benefit fund, the removal of discounts for “new authors” for screen and television writers, and the author training program, which has disproportionately influenced writers in under-represented groups. It has already been established that the new agreement will create a forum for its management and update responsibly. The statement stated that the profits made in the new contract included financing the WGA pension plan; Increasing minimum rates of remuneration for writers; increased residues and reduced budget breaks for high-budget on-demand submission video.
The new agreement means that for a one-hour drama slot period the rate increases to 13,320 $US. The series and series rate climbs to 10,570 $US. Max Rumney, Pact`s Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, said, “We look forward to renewing our negotiations with WGGB and LDC to update our existing agreement. In the meantime, after discussions with the WGGB and the LDC, Pact agreed that rates should be increased and that the new rules should have a forum to ensure that our agreement remains useful to both producers and authors. Fiona Williams and Charlotte Knight, PMA Co-Chairs, said: “With the WGGB, the LDC welcomes the opportunity to update minimum conditions with Pact. We see this as an encouraging first step towards creating minimum conditions for new and original television, which must thrive in this golden age of British drama and British comedy. These rates update the rates of the current pact/WGGB and come into effect on October 1, 2016. For reprint and license requests for this article, click HERE. The Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), the Personal Managers` Association (PMA) and Pact have agreed to extend contract negotiations. The agreement provides for the minimum conditions to be met in the contracts. Your download should be started automatically – if you don`t use the link below, view your free article. Subscribe to unlimited access.
New minimum rates for TV script commissioning contracts The three trade associations renew negotiations with the intention of revising and improving the existing pact/WGGB agreement.