The WGA East and West have reached an agreement with public television stations WGBH Boston and WNET New York on terms for a new three-year contract covering writers employed on such shows such as Frontline, Nova, American Experience and American Masters.
The new contract provides for a 3% increase in all minimums, retroactive to July 1, with 0.5% of that amount diverted to the Writers Guild Industry Health Fund. Two other increases, effective July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, will be tied to the deal negotiated next year during the guilds’ talks for a new film and TV contract.
“Our members create some of the most compelling and award-winning shows on public television,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “Their creative vision, their dedication to craft and in many cases their contribution to raising money, directing and producing make it possible for WGBH, WNET and other signatory producers to present shows that inform our national dialogue about the vital political, cultural, economic and scientific issues of our times. We are very pleased that the producers have agreed to adopt the percentage increases that are negotiated in the Guilds’ contract with the major networks and studios.”