Screen And TV Writers' Employment And Earnings Fell In 2011, WGA West Says

There’s little encouraging news for film and TV writers in the financial report for 2011 out today from the Writers Guild of America, West. (Read the full document here.) The number of writers reporting earnings fell 2.3% to 4,338 — the lowest level in at least six years. The biggest category, television, was up a slight 0.4% to 3,320. That was more than outweighed by the 8.1% drop in screenwriters to 1,562. Meanwhile, writers’ total reported earnings dropped 5.9% to $911.7M, the lowest level since the 2008 recession, although the WGA says the numbers could improve as late reports come in. Television writers generated $559.2M, -1.2% from the all-time high set in 2010. But screenwriters saw $349.1M, -12.6%. “While late reports will offset this decline somewhat, the last two years have resulted in 15% fewer writers employed in screen, earning 20% less in the aggregate,” the WGA says. (more…)

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