WGA Strike finished?

February 9, 2008 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

After roughly 3 months, the WGA Strike that crippled the entertainment industry may be ending. Earlier this morning, the WGA-East has begun informing its members that a tentative agreement was reached between the television networks and the Writers’ Guild. The WGA-West will begin briefing their members this evening. The final agreement will be worked out this weekend, which means the writers could be back to work as early as Monday (crossing fingers).

According to tvguide.com, here are some of the agreements touched upon in the new contract:

• In the third year of the contract, writers would receive 2 percent of the distributor’s gross on streamed content (a hike from the $1,200-ish payment scribes will get in the first two years). However, as the DGA does, the WGA has a 17-day window on all streamed content, meaning that studios can stream for free during that period.

• With regard to Internet sales, writers will get 0.36 percent of the distributor’s gross receipts for the first 100,000 downloads of a television program and the first 50,000 downloads of a feature. After that, they’ll bank 0.7 percent of distributor’s gross receipts for TV shows and 0.65 percent for feature films.

• Ad-supported streaming of TV shows will net the writers two percent of distributors’ gross receipts a year after the initial streaming window is closed.

One thing I found interesting in the tvguide.com article is their mentioning of the internet as the primary means of delivering and creating original content. Hmm…

So here’s to hoping that the Strike ends soon. I need my 24 fix…bad…

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