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APRIL 3, 2020

When It Comes to Writing Left Behind, Just Say No

In the fall of 2018, the WGAW launched an outreach and social media #NoWritingLeftBehind campaign to educate members on what to do when asked to leave written materials behind after a pitch meeting. The answer remains simple, then and now: Don’t do it.

But as Hollywood works to find its new normal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, pitch meetings that would traditionally be held in person are now being conducted remotely via Zoom, BlueJeans, and other virtual platforms. Read more >>


The Legal Services Department: Enforcement Continues Remotely

Even though we‘re now working remotely, the Legal Services Department continues to enforce the MBA, pursuing claims for violations of the contract.

Our aggressive pursuit of late pay continues in this period. Working with the Agency Department and franchised agencies we are filing claims when writers are not paid on time, as well as following up on writer reports. Recent settlements for interest on late pay include several $10,000+ payments directly to writers. If you have a late pay or compensation issue of your own, please contact us here. Read more >>


Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19

In partnership with the Writers Guilds of America West and East, Hollywood, Health & Society is set to present a series of panel discussions—all hosted via Zoom—exploring a variety of topics related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of these discussions is to provide information and access to experts in the public health field for your personal lives and the projects you may be working on. Read more >>


We are regularly updating with COVID-19 resources for writers.

Now you can find information on the newly enacted emergency family and medical leave and sick leave benefits for those who have been forced to leave their jobs, and the new federal unemployment benefits for those who have been laid off or placed on hiatus. In addition, there is information about small business grants that may be available to some loanout companies. Visit the State and Federal Benefits page to learn more.

For a full list of COVID-19 resources for writers, visit the WGAW’s resource page. Writers who have questions about workplace safety or about contractual or employment rights in these extraordinary circumstances can contact the Guild’s Legal Department and get answers to their COVID-19 employment and benefit questions.

Writers Guild of America West • 7000 W. Third Street • Los Angeles, CA 90048

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