WRITERS GUILD, STUDIOS REACH NEW DEAL

The pact appears to mirror the Directors Guild agreement in key respects.

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The pact appears to mirror the Directors Guild agreement in key respects.

The Writers Guild of America and the major studios reached a deal Tuesday night on a new agreement, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The deal is said to include increased residuals – which likely mirror the improvements achieved by the Directors Guild and subsequently SAG-AFTRA – and improvements on span, a concept under which writers are paid additional compensation for working more than a set number of weeks on a television script. The Writers Guild and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers did not respond for comment.

The deal no doubt also includes basic wage increases and increased contributions to the union pension and health plans, probably amounting to about 3 percent per year, as was the case with the DGA deal.

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