The Writers Guild of America provides reality TV and game show producers with the best talent in the entertainment industry through agreements that fit a variety of production budgets. To employ Guild writers, a producer’s company must first become signatory to the Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA). The Guild will be flexible and work with reality and game show producers to fashion cost-effective deals to cover their shows. The MBA covers many types of programs. Guild staff can help producers navigate through the parts of it that apply to reality and game shows.
ARE REALITY AND GAME SHOWS COVERED BY THE MBA?
Yes! The MBA covers documentaries, non-dramatic, comedy-variety and quiz & audience participation programs. Reality shows, “docu-soaps”, game shows and competition shows all fall into one of these categories. All types of written material including stories, teleplays, dialogue, adaptations, treatments, scenarios, continuities, sketches, plot outlines, narratives synopses, routines, and narration can be covered.
CURRENT REALITY AND GAME SHOWS COVERED BY A WGA AGREEMENT INCLUDE:
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
The Dog Whisperer
The new Match Game
PAST REALITY AND GAME SHOWS COVERED BY A WGA AGREEMENT INCLUDE:
The Weakest Link
The Singing Bee
Tic Tac Dough
Sale of the Century
Let’s Make A Deal
Million Dollar Password
1 vs 100
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A WGA CONTRACT FOR REALITY AND GAME SHOWS?
The answer depends on whether the show is made for exhibition on a network or in syndication, or for release on basic cable.
For a show which will initially air on a network or other free television station, the MBA applies. If the budget or other production constraints of a reality or game show make some MBA terms unworkable, the Guild is willing to negotiate modifications of those terms. The terms to be negotiated may include:
• Initial compensation
• Credits (form and placement)
For a made for basic cable show, the MBA is more flexible. The following MBA requirements are mandatory:
• Pension & health contributions based on negotiated compensation
• Submission of a written contract for each writer
• Guild shop
The remaining employment terms, including, initial compensation, credits (form and placement) and residuals, are negotiable to fit the particular project.
I WANT MY SHOW COVERED BY A GUILD CONTRACT. WHAT DO I DO?
If you are a reality or game show producer or writer, please contact the WGAW Organizing Department at (323) 782-4511.