Better Know A Media Org: WGA

Today’s organization: Writers Guild of America – West (WGAw)

About the organization:

The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) is a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, CD-ROMs, and content for new-media technologies that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed….OUR PRIMARY DUTY is to represent our members in negotiations with film and television producers to ensure the rights of screen, television, and new-media writers. Once a contract is in place, we enforce it. Because of the WGAw’s long-term efforts, writers receive pension and health coverage, and their financial and creative rights are protected.

Number of members: 9,000

To join, you must:
To become a full member, you must acquire 24 “units” of work in the three years before you apply. Writers get units for selling projects under the WGAw’s jurisdiction.

You’ll get:
A pension & health insurance
Residuals for your work

And for that, you’ll pay:
An initiation fee of $2500 once accepted

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Publish date: October 12, 2009 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT