Key provisions of The WGA is recognized as "exclusive bargaining agent" for new media such as the Internet or cellular broadcastingMinimum pay rates will increase by 3.5 percent, except for prime time and daytime serial fees, which will increase by 3.0 percentPension and health insurance benefits for new media programs will be identical to those paid by TV and movie producersNew media programming that is reused by broadcast television will pay standard residualsIf a viewer pays for a download, WGA writers will earn 1.2 percent of the gross paymentsOld TV shows and movies that are sold over the Internet will result in 1.2 percent of gross receipts to writers, new shows will pay 2 percentWGA members will have access to financial data about new media programmingThe WGA will determine writing credits on all new media programs
the proposed deal:
The union representing television and film writers says it has reached a tentative agreement with production studios in its dispute over pay for Internet programming.
Writers Guild of America presidents Michael Winship and Patric Verrone announced the tentative deal to members Saturday. In a letter on the union's Web site, they say the agreement protects a future in which the Internet becomes the primary means of both content creation and delivery, and establishes the principle that, "When they get paid, we get paid."
They say the agreement is "neither perfect nor perhaps all that we deserve" but that the time has come to accept this contract and settle the strike.
Members in New York and Los Angeles are reviewing the contract and could vote on ratification this weekend.
Winship and Verrone called the three-month walkout a success but acknowledged the ongoing struggle was exhausting and took an enormous personal toll on the guild's membership.