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Topic: What are the implication of becoming a WGA co?

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 03/29/08 02:10 PM

If a small production company wanted to become WGA sginatory (so that the writer could get into the guild) what would the ramifications be? Are there other financial implications beside the WGA minimum for the writer?

Thanks for any help you can give me. Have I ever said how much I love this board?

Heather

Author: Douglas Stark Posted: 03/29/08 02:40 PM

Why don't you contact the WGA -- they'll tell you everything you need to know.

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 03/29/08 07:06 PM

Douglas,

I've tried that. They never answer a phone or return an email. Perhaps it's the aftermath of the strike.

Thanks thought :)

Heather

Author: Ron Brassfield Posted: 03/29/08 09:58 PM

The Writers' Guild uses a screen credit system to determine membership, and explains on its website what you need to do to become a Guild member. See details at the link below:

http://www.wga.org/subpage_whoweare.aspx?id=84

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 03/30/08 12:42 AM

Hi Ron,

I want to find out what would be required of a company that became a WGA signatory. I know what is required to become a guild memeber as a writer, but I'm curious to know signs the agreement.

Any thoughts on that?

Thanks! Heather

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 03/30/08 12:45 AM

Oops, I got interupted.

I meant to say that I'm curious to know what a company takes on when it signs the WGA agreement.

Author: Ron Brassfield Posted: 03/30/08 08:13 PM

The signatory company agrees to abide by the MBA, Minimum Basic Agreement for paying writers. The company will use contracts that fulfill the requirements of the WGA, and those contracts are all available for download from their website.

For a company to become a signatory, its authorized representative fills out an application, which the WGA considers. You can get that application at this link:

http://www.wga.org/subpage_employer.aspx?id=1049

Author: Randy Roberts Posted: 03/30/08 10:22 PM

Heather,

Don't worry about them. They will contact you when they feel it is to their benefit. Any communication before that and you will get the cold shoulder.

Conduct your work as though they did not exist and they will come to you. After all, you are a benefit to them, not the reverse.

Best of luck,

Randy

Author: Kyle Sparazzi Posted: 04/11/08 07:29 PM

Interesting....thanks for the post, y'all.