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UPDATE: AMPTP Responds To WGA West Plan To Go After Deadbeat Producers For Scribes’ Pay

wgaw__130208220853-200x112__130701180057__130917230333__130920203125UPDATE: 5:57 PM: Neither embracing nor directly rebuffing the WGA West’s new Late Pay Initiative, the AMPTP today said it will “pledge our cooperation” to the move. The parsed statement comes just weeks before the WGA and AMPTP are expected to sit down to start talks on a new contract — where money will be doing most of the talking. Here’s the statement: “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.”

PREVIOUS 4:13 PM Tuesday: Representatives of the Writers Guild of America West haven’t sat down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers yet to negotiate a new master contract, but it’s starting to look for more money for its members – money they’re owed. Today the guild started a new initiative “to address the chronic problem of late payment to screenwriters.” In an email from WGAW President Chris Keyser and Executive Director David Young sent out to members today and posted online, the guild says its “goal is to change the culture of late pay that persists in Hollywood.” The guild adds that “our intent with this initiative is to systematically track all theatrical script deliveries and payments, thereby eliminating the possibility that an individual member or agency can be singled out by employers.”

Related: WGA Sets Negotiating Committee For AMPTP Contract Talks
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Final Draft Extends Domination, Re-Ups WGAW Pact Ahead Of Final Draft 9 Debut

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 2:01pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Final Draft, Inc. and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) have renewed the vows that helped make Final Draft the #1 market dominant scripting software used by screenwriters and wannabe scribes everywhere. The deal, first inked in 2006 and then re-upped in 2008, will continue for another 3-year term under the latest re-up. WGAW will keep endorsing Final Draft over other competitors on its otherwise sparse WGAW script registry site, where Final Draft’s logo gets eyeballs from everyone registering screen- and teleplays online. The two are are also collaborating off the page. They’ll partner on an instructional event for writers to be held at the WGA Theater to teach WGAW members how to use the software’s latest version, Final Draft 9, which will debut in Q1 2014. And for the first time, the grand prize winner of Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest in the feature film category will become eligible to join the WGAW’s Independent Writers Caucus.

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