Studios, Networks Back Writers Guild Push to Speed Payments to Screenwriters

Studios, Networks Back Writers Guild Push to Speed Payments to Screenwriters

“We pledge our cooperation to address compliance in this important area,” the AMPTP says

Hollywood's studios and networks said Thursday that they're on board with the Writers Guild of America West's push to correct the problem of late payment to screenwriters.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) released this statement with regard to the WGAW's Late Pay Initiative:

“We agree with the Writers Guild of America that writers should be paid on time. We pledge our cooperation to address compliance in this important area. We encourage the Guild to advise us of instances when writers have not received timely payments in accordance with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.”

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The guild's initiative was announced in a message to the 8,000 WGA West members from WGA West executive director David Young and president Chris Keyser.

“The goal is to change the culture of late pay that persists in Hollywood,” they said.

The guild’s master contract requires payment to the writer within seven days after delivery of literary material.