In April, the Directors Guild of America approved a three-year contract to succeed the DGA master`s contract for feature film and prime-time television. The agreement provides for increases in the residue of high-budget streaming content, pensions, salaries and TV creative rights. The 35-member body said many of the new terms of the Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) follow recently negotiated negotiations by SAG-AFTRA and guild of America directors, including increasing the subscription of VOD residues. “For these reasons, we are targeting general minimum increases, including weekly minimum wages for mini-rooms. We are also looking at a number of provisions of the treaty that are obsolete and below minimum standards. To this end, we propose: Memorandum of Understanding for the WGA`s 2020 Basic Agreement on Theatre and Television. Summary of MBA 2020 MBA 2020 MBA Contract Changes FAQ “RAISING MINIMUMS FOR TEAMS: Paying writing teams of two the same minimum salary as a single writer appeared first in the MBA at a time when a team could work enough to earn a comfortable living. But the growing proliferation of short-order series has made television writing team work financially unsustainable for many. We need to protect both screen writers and TV writers as a team by establishing a minimum of higher teams.
Two or three people, even if they are part of a team, contribute more than just one author. The agreement provides for higher payments for subscription video streaming services, known as SVOD, as well as reduced budget breaks in streaming and backtracking. In addition, the new agreement provides additional protections for television authors in the area of options and exclusivity. Streaming series often have fewer episodes and a different work schedule than traditional network series, which can encourage writers to renew lower-perform contracts. In the past, authors who earned less than $280,000 per season from a show were entitled to the formula to ensure that they were always paid at the guild`s weekly minimum rate – something that went wrong for many writers, because more shows began to have longer production cycles for less than 22 episodes. The new agreement is designed to move the ceiling to 325,000 $US per season.