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JUNE 19, 2020

Guild Wins Late Pay Interest From Disney

Guild secures largest interest-only settlement in its history.

The WGAW’s legal team recently reached a $5.25 million settlement with Disney for interest owed on late paid residuals for five Fox animated series: The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, and Futurama. Over 250 affected writers have already received checks for their portions of the interest collected. Read more >>


On Medical Series, Showrunners and Writers Ponder the Right Prescription

Medical drama writers balance writing worlds we know with the real world unknown.

Writers of medical dramas face a daunting challenge these days: how to integrate the COVID-19 pandemic into their fictional hospitals while staying true to what made their shows resonate with audiences in the first place. After all, when many of us last saw them, fictional ERs and hospitals were not being overrun with critically ill patients who’d fallen prey to a real-world virus that doctors were learning about on the fly. Read more >>


On Medical Series, Doctor-Writers Give a Second Opinion

Drs. Daniela Lamas and David Renaud talk COVID-19, on the frontlines and in the writers' room.

If writers on medical series have to be aware of COVID-19 protocols when approaching storylines and production from now on, how are the doctors who write on these shows approaching scenes and characters?

Dr. Daniela Lamas is a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; in her other life, she is a writer. Her book You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and in Between was published in 2018. Lamas is going into her second season as a writer on the Fox medical drama The Resident (created by Amy Holden Jones and Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi). Read more >>

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