Date: 13th October 2000

WGA Notifies Members What It Plans To Demand

Members of the Writers Guild of America will soon receive an outline of the demands that union negotiators intend to present to film and TV producers next year.

The outline, which was mailed to members on Thursday, reportedly includes demands to eliminate "possessory credits" ("A Film by ...") and to increase minimum payments in every category.

The demands also call for producers to keep writers on staff throughout the entire production period, from the time of the first cast readings to test screenings. The demands also call for higher residual payments for home video, cable, pay-TV, and the Internet. The last Writers Guild strike took place in 1988 and lasted five months.

Source: Studio Briefing