The three-year contract includes increases in our minimum pay rates, increased contributions to our retirement plan, minimums for subscription-based video-on-demand programs, increased residues for advertising-supported streaming, oversized increases in script minimums for one-hour basic cables, and a doubling of the cost of publishing plays. In addition, the billions of flashbacks proposed by the AMPTP on health and pension contributions, minimum writers` benefits and television residues have been removed from the table and are not part of this agreement. Your negotiating committee voted to have the interim agreement submitted to the WGAW Board of Directors and the WGAE Board before the members are ratified. Perhaps the biggest step forward in the new agreement is the issue of options and exclusivity, a blow to the WGA during these contract negotiations. Starting in The New Year 2015, authors earning less than $200,000 per year of contract will no longer be required to apply exclusively to a network or business, except “during periods when the author is paid for his writing services” and “the company cannot hold a writer for more than 90 days under a negotiated option contract without paying a termination fee of at least 1/3 of the minimum MBA for the author`s services.” In addition, Johannessen and Billy Ray claim that $60 million in feedback from health and retirement plans, residues and minimum targeted scenarios have been “removed from the table” from preliminary producer discussions. Minimum Basic Agreement 2017 . 2014 Minimum Basic Agreement . 2011 Minimum Fundamental Agreement . The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in a statement: “AMPTP is pleased to announce that it has reached a preliminary agreement with the WGA more than a month before the expiry date of our collective agreement.
AMPTP thanks the Guild and members of its negotiating committee for their tireless efforts to find solutions to the difficult issues that will be presented at the negotiating table. We hope to maintain this spirit of cooperation on the path to a new three-year relationship. Chip Johannessen and Billy Ra y Co-Chairs, 2014 WGA Negotiating Committee Your Negotiating Committee is pleased to inform you that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has reached an interim agreement on a new minimum base agreement (MBA). Contract negotiations began on 3 February and ended last night. Basic cable: “Excessive annual increases” (5 per cent per year) for the one-hour base cable series after the first season. WGC Independent Production Agreement (IPA) 2012-2014 Under the new contract, there are two limits to the provisions, which a company can negotiate in the agreement on the person services of an episodic television author who earns less than $200,000 per year of contract: (1) The agreement cannot require that the author be submitted exclusively to the company, except when the author is paid for his writing services; and (2) the company must not hold an author for more than 90 days under a negotiated option contract without paying a detention fee of at least 1/3 of the minimum amount of the author`s fee. If the company decides not to pay the participation fee, the company must allow the author to accept an offer of another serial job, or if the series has been renewed, it can exercise the option and put the scribe back to work. These provisions come into effect on January 1, 2015. On January 1, 2016, the threshold will increase by 5% to $210,000 per season. The 2015-2017 PPI has been extended to June 30, 2019.