Screenwriters must take the initiative to limit the distribution of their speculative material by the companies to which they submit it. The author may restrict in writing the extent to which a company may transmit the author`s material to third parties. To enforce the terms of purchase, the MBA requires the Company to pay the author $750 through the Guild for each party to which the script was submitted in violation of this provision. (Section 49) Program Fee – The amount paid to an author (or authors) who write certain episodes of a television program. Program fees are reportable, but are not included in the upper limit calculation. The collective agreement that covers most of the work of guild members is the Writers Guild of America Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement, also known as the Minimum Basic Agreement or MBA. This contract is the industry-wide agreement that establishes the minimum requirements for options and purchase of literary material from writers and for the employment of writers to write films and television shows. The contract serves as the basis for each individual author contract. Television authors with separate rights retain the rights to their material, including the right to produce a television programme if the company is unable to exploit the material within a certain period of time. These authors also retain merchandising, publishing and sequel rights, as well as certain rights to exploit literary material in other media. 12. The nominated author(s) must advertise in all advertisements if the director or producer is involved. A filmography for the authors will also be included in the standard print and electronic press kits, the home version of the laser disc or DVD, or the website dedicated to the film if one is included for the director.
(Each participating author is required to provide a filmography to the company`s advertising department.) Specified authors must be interviewed in order to include material about the authors in press kits, DVDs or laser discs, unless otherwise specified by the Society. (TV Date A) Send a copy of the author`s contract (and any amendments) to the Contracts Department, WGAW, 7000 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048, or the Contracts Department, WGAE, 250 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10015. (Article 19) Salary advance – An amount paid to a writer before services begin. Wage advances must be reported during the period in which they are paid, not when the author provides the services. (Note: There are two MBAs. They are commonly referred to as “AMPTP MBA” and “Network MBA”. These agreements are identical, but for a small number of provisions. Differences in terms of creative rights are noted elsewhere on this page. Week-to-week employment – Employment of a writer on a weekly basis, which can be terminated by the company or author at any time. Participating authors are entitled to one copy (or in some cases two copies) of the final script. (Section 13.B.8.f., Schedule A) 2.
The Company is required to attach to the business memorandum or contract (the document corresponding to your agreement with the Company in memory of its agreement with the Company) a summary of all conditions precedent. (Section 13.B.12.) You should ask your agent about this cover page and make sure these conditions are met before you start services. On television, an author is usually guaranteed the right to use a “reasonable” pseudonym if the request is made within the normal five working days to protest against provisional credit (two days if the company requests an emergency credit check). .