Plus, consolidation ruins everything, and a discussion of LGBTQ+ global issues
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May 6, 2022

Ukrainian Film and TV Writers Talk Horrors of War in Recent Panel

Panelists offer harrowing glimpse into life, and writing, amid devastation of Russian attacks.

Vladimir Nagorny was raised in Sevastopol, Ukraine, a part of the Crimean Peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. Nagorny studied film production and screenwriting at UCLA and ultimately returned home to work in Ukraine’s fledgling film industry. His credits include the 2017 screwball comedy DZIDZIO Kontrabas. Read more >>

Consolidation Ruins Everything

WGAW Board member Adam Conover spoke at a recent FTC and Department of Justice listening forum on the destructive impacts of mergers and acquisitions.

The media and entertainment industry offers compelling evidence of the destructive impact of corporate consolidation on an industry’s workforce. WGAW members have worked through decades of consolidation that transformed a somewhat competitive industry, into one controlled by only a handful of companies that exert significant power over the entire media landscape. Read more >>

Writing About LGBTQ+ Migrants and Refugees

LGBTQ+ Writers Committee and partners give guidance on authentic representation.

With more than 26,400,000 refugees around the world, it’s estimated that more than 1,000,000 are LGBTQ+. The U.S. is one of the countries that accepts refugees through refugee resettlement programs—despite the decimation of said programs under the Trump administration and their continuing neglect under the Biden administration—and the U.S. currently has a goal of settling 125,000 refugees this year. But so far, less than 9,000 refugees from countries all over the world have been settled in the U.S. this year. Read more >>

New MBA Improvements In Effect

2020 MBA begins third year this week.

May 2, 2022 marked the beginning of the third and final year of the 2020 MBA. As usual, that date brought another round of increases to most MBA minimums (see the latest version of the Schedule of Minimums)—as well as a 0.75% increase in contributions to the WGA Pension Plan. This raised the rate of pension contributions on most compensation to a full 11.25%, up from 8.5%. This increase was a key improvement in the 2020 negotiations that will go a long way in protecting the plan’s long-term financial stability.

Contact the Contracts Department or call (323)-782-4501 if you have any questions about the new minimums or contribution rates.

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

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