One of the benefits due credited writers under the Writers Guild Minimum Basic Agreement and the Public TV Freelance Agreement is compensation for the reuse of their material. This compensation is called residuals.

  • Residuals Lookup
    The Residuals Lookup allows members to determine their residuals earnings by project, specific years, or market back to 1981.
  • Residuals Survival Guide
    This guide provides writers with a basic knowledge of residual compensation – what it is, who receives it, and when it is due. For a quick guide to when your residuals are due, read this chart.
  • Residuals Payment Inquiry Desk
    If you would like to make a claim for outstanding residuals, please complete this form to initiate an investigation with the Residuals Department.
  • Undeliverable Residuals and Other MBA Payments
    On behalf of writers or writer beneficiaries, the WGAW is holding funds that we have been unable to deliver because we don't have a current address or other data. You can search for any undeliverable funds the Guild may be holding for you.
  • Small Checks Direct Deposit
    Current-Active members can enroll in this residuals program in which checks under $100 are put into a trust account until the gross amount accrued for the writer reaches a certain amount. Then a check is issued to the writer, allowing the writer to avoid receiving dozens of little checks.
  • Residuals FAQ
    Got a question about your residuals? Read these frequently asked questions for answers.
  • Residual Payments After Death
    This notice describes the residual compensation payable to you under the MBA as well as your right to select a beneficiary to receive such compensation upon your death.
  • Excerpt “Clip” Payments
    If you are a writer and have seen an excerpt of your project used in another project, or if you represent a company planning to use an excerpt of an existing project in your TV or theatrical project, an excerpt payment may be due if the project the excerpt was taken from was produced under WGA jurisdiction.


Contact the Residuals Department