Plus, Write Inclusion, a new tool for screenwriters, and the gay world of features.
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FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Today in Guild History: The End of the 07-08 Strike

Writers gained coverage of “new media” and a foothold in today’s massive streaming market.

On February 12, 2008, then-WGAW President Patric M. Verrone announced that over 92% of Guild membership voted to bring the 100-day writers strike to an end. Writers gained coverage of content made for new media—as it was considered at the time—and residuals for reuse on new media platforms, including digital downloads and use on ad-supported services. A hard-fought gain, the value of which was uncertain in 2008, has proven to be foundational to the entire industry. Read more >>

The Gay World of Feature Writing

Screenwriters John August, Alan Ball, Clea DuVall, and Alice Wu talk career, the challenges of getting LGBTQ+ films made, and more.

From ‘90s indie queer cinema breakouts like Poison (written by Todd Haynes) and Go Fish (written by Guinevere Turner and Rose Troche) to 2000s commercial and critical breakthroughs like Brokeback Mountain (screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, based on the short story by Annie Proulx) and Moonlight (screenplay by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney), LGBTQ+-themed films have had an increased presence over the decades, even if they’re not always written by LGBTQ+ writers. Read more >>

#WriteInclusion Panel Series Addresses Accurate Representation and Authentic Storytelling

In commemoration of Black History month, the Feb. 17 kickoff event spotlights Black writers.

Studies show that as people consume content, their perceptions of the real world come to reflect the most commonly seen onscreen messages. As a result, biased or inaccurate tropes and stereotypes on television and in movies can lead directly to real-life misunderstanding, fear, and mistreatment. Read more >>

Powerful New Tool For Screenwriters

WGA Platform Launches Feature Development Tracker

For months, TV writers have used the TV Development Tracker to stay informed about shows in development. Now, the WGA Platform puts that same power in the hands of screenwriters with its new Feature Development Tracker.

As the demand for content continues to grow, gathering information on upcoming projects can be overwhelming and time-consuming. The TV and feature development trackers on the WGA Platform put all of this information in one place, allowing you to see which projects are in development, ordered to pilot, ordered to series, or greenlit. Read more >>

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