Los Angeles – Emmy-nominated production company Big Fantastic has signed on as a signatory to the Writers Guild of America, West. Going forward, all new media content produced by the company will be made in accordance with the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (“MBA”). Big Fantastic becomes the 33rd digital company to become signatory under the Guild’s recently won jurisdiction in the digital and mobile space. Big Fantastic has storytelling on multiple platforms and emerging technologies as well as more traditional outlets. Prom Queen streamed over 20-million times online, was featured on Verizon phones and sold to over 45 countries, including a successful format adaptation for Japanese mobile. It is now available on DVD. After Foreign Body was featured on Borders.com, it was re-edited for television and sold in multiple foreign markets.
Big Fantastic co-founder Doug Cheney said: “The Guild has done a great job of recognizing and legitimizing the efforts of online creators like us. We chose to become a signatory now because it affords us tremendous opportunities as writers while allowing our company access to the vast WGA talent pool.”
“Now is a crucial time in the history of online entertainment. As it continues to demonstrate its tremendous potential for growth, it becomes ever more important for creators to stand together and make certain that their work is covered by a Writers Guild contract,” said WGAW Executive Director David Young.
To date, 73 successful web projects, including original works such as Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Web Therapy, Back on Topps, and Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy and derivative projects based on existing properties Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, Heroes, Monk and The Office, have been covered by the WGAW.
The Santa Monica, California based company has been a pioneer in the original online content arena, garnering numerous awards since the company’s founding in 2006 and working with Hollywood’s top names. Their first two series, Sam Has 7 Friends and Prom Queen, received Emmy-nominations for Outstanding Broadband Drama in 2007. Both properties were sold to Vuguru – Michael Eisner’s recently launched digital studio. In 2008, Big Fantastic launched two more major series. Their award-winning, 50-episode medical thriller Foreign Body served as a prequel to Robin Cook’s book of the same name. The moody teen mystery Sorority Forever marked Big Fantastic’s first collaboration with McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision and served as TheWB.com’s first original web series.