The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a deal on a new three-year contract. Terms were not disclosed and no press release has yet been issued. However, it is expected that the deal will resemble the agreement the DGA reached in November.
For reference, here are key terms of the DGA deal. Again, it is not known whether the WGA deal will mirror these terms, but the practice of “pattern bargaining” suggests that it will:
* Wages: The DGA received annual 3 percent wage increases, up from 2 percent increases in the previous three-year contract.
* Residuals: The DGA achieved increased residuals bases, including for network primetime reruns, an area in which residuals had been frozen in the previous contract.
* Basic cable: “outsized increase” for directors of one-hour basic cable series.
* Subscription video on demand (SVOD): The DGA established, for the first time, minimum terms and conditions for high-budget new media made for subscription video on demand (SVOD).
* Streaming media: The DGA obtained increased residuals in streaming new media.
* Diversity: The DGA obtained an agreement that every major television studio will establish a formal diversity program at.