The Basic Minimum Agreement (MBA) was renegotiated in 2017. This summary provides a simplified overview of the changes to the new agreement. In addition, the new agreement provides additional protections for television authors in the area of options and exclusivity. Streaming series often have fewer episodes and a different work schedule than traditional network series, which can encourage writers to renew lower-perform contracts. If you have questions about the application of these minimum provisions or requirements or about categories of minimum values that are not included in this schedule, or if you have a question of interpretation of the basic agreement, contact the contract division or call (323) 782-4501. As part of a negotiation concluded until the round of negotiations, the writers Guild of America`s negotiating committee reached an agreement with the studios on a new three-year contract. This was unanimously approved by the WGA West and East Boards of Directors and is expected to be ratified by members this month. The pact is being hijacked, which has been widely seen as the very real possibility of a writers` strike. “We have also improved the protection of television authors in the area of options and exclusivity… and expanded the number of authors covered by margin protection measures negotiated for the first time in 2017,” the email states. But he added that “the persistence of the global pandemic and economic uncertainty have limited our ability to exercise real collective power to achieve many other important and necessary treaty objectives.” Among the most important benefits of joining The Guild writers as an author for screen, television or new media are rights and protection negotiated and protected by the Basic Minimum Agreement (MBA). This agreement covers the salaries, benefits, pensions, working conditions, balances and organisational rights of writers.
Without a guild contract, each author is left to fend for himself to negotiate his contracts and set conditions for residues, quick payments and credits. With a guild contract, all this is developed in advance so that writers receive their fair share of compensation and recognition for their work. The guild also intervenes to help writers if their employers do not comply with the contract. The new agreement emphasizes that authors receive their fair share of the pie in the global video streaming industry. According to Bloomberg, streaming was estimated at $43 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $125 billion by 2025. On Wednesday, the Writers Guild of America sent an email to its members revealing details of Tuesday night`s new three-year TV/theatre deal with major studios, saying the coronavirus pandemic and economic circumstances had hampered its campaign to secure many desired profits for writers.