The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is a labor union that represents writers in the television and film industry. The WGA sets the minimum basic agreement pay rates that writers are entitled to receive for their work. In 2020, the WGA announced new pay rates for its members, which have significant implications for writers in the industry.
Under the new minimum basic agreement pay rates, writers who work for television and streaming services will see increases in their base rates. For example, writers who work in the network prime-time category will receive a minimum weekly salary of $3,703, up from $3,499 in 2019. Writers who work in the staff writer category will receive a minimum weekly salary of $2,920, up from $2,653 in 2019.
In addition to these base rates, writers who work in the streaming services category will see new pay rates. These writers will receive a minimum weekly salary of $4,015 for a half-hour script and $8,630 for an hour-long script.
The WGA also announced increases in residuals, which are the payments that writers receive each time their work is aired or streamed. Writers who work in the network prime-time category will receive a 2.5% increase in their residuals, while writers who work in the streaming services category will receive a 15% increase.
The new pay rates and residuals are significant for writers in the industry, as they help to ensure that writers are fairly compensated for their work. However, it’s important to note that these rates are minimums – some writers may receive higher rates based on their individual contracts.
In addition to setting pay rates, the WGA also negotiates healthcare and pension benefits for its members. Under the new agreement, writers will receive increased healthcare contributions from their employers, as well as new provisions for mental health care.
Overall, the new WGA minimum basic agreement pay rates for 2020 are a positive development for writers in the industry. By ensuring that writers receive fair compensation for their work, the WGA helps to support the creativity and talent that drives the entertainment industry forward.