Plus, new IMDb profile options, WGAW helps MPTF recovery, and how writers can address the climate crisis.
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JANUARY 20, 2023

Stepping Up for MPTF

How the industry, including the WGAW, rallied to save the historic charity.

Last year presented the biggest challenge in MPTF’s history to its long-term sustainability as pandemic-driven financial shortfalls truly jeopardized their ability to take care of the most vulnerable members of the entertainment community. They sent out a direct, urgent, and bold message for support to sound the alarm to the entire industry that their ability to sustain the enterprise for current and future generations of entertainment industry members was at risk. And the industry responded. Read more >>

Entertainment Community Fund Launches New Affordable Housing

Join an upcoming seminar to learn how writers and others in the industry can apply for the Hollywood Arts Collective.

The Entertainment Community Fund, in partnership with Thomas Safran & Associates, is excited to spread the word about new affordable housing for the arts and entertainment community at The Hollywood Arts Collective. Read more >>

IMDbPro Expands Options for Talent Profiles

Subscribers can now control demographic information, including birthdates.

IMDb recently took one more step toward equitable, inclusive hiring for writers. For years, writers have asked to edit their birth dates and other demographic information on IMDb to ensure they are represented fairly and accurately to decision-makers, peers, and other industry professionals. Through their advocacy, our union siblings at SAG-AFTRA sealed the deal, providing all entertainment talent this new control. Read more >>

Take Action on the Climate Crisis

WGAW members team up with the PGA and NRDC to combat climate change.

The climate crisis necessitates immediate global attention and action, and writers are in a unique position to make a difference through the stories they tell and by reducing their productions’ carbon output. To address this need, WGAW members have partnered with the Producers Guild of America and NRDC’s (Natural Resources Defense Council) Rewrite the Future to host a series of workshops for showrunners, creative producers, and writers. Topics will include: How do you sell a climate pitch in a market that just wants to entertain? Are there pitfalls to avoid in climate storytelling? Where does one find experts to help explore climate issues and fine-tune information? RSVP for a workshop and find lists of sustainable resources on the Guild website. Read more >>

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