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SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

WATCH: WGAW PAC Panel on Voting Rights

WGAW member Veena Sud interviews national voting rights experts about the threat of voter suppression.

With 46 days until election day, voting rights advocates are sounding the alarm on election integrity and voter suppression. Last Wednesday, two of the nation’s leading experts, Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice, joined WGAW member Veena Sud (The Stranger, The Killing) for an in-depth discussion of this urgent threat to our democracy, presented by the WGAW Political Action Committee (PAC). Read more >>


Ask a Mentor: The Hardest Part

Mentor Jamie Rhonheimer has some advice about what to do while waiting for your next job.

All writers know the anxiety that comes with waiting for work. That familiarity, however, doesn’t make enduring those periods any easier. Mentor Jamie Rhonheimer (The Ranch, How I Met Your Mother) suggests some things to do to help you bear the discomfort of being in between jobs.

Send your questions about the craft, job hunting, your career, or Guild service to Connect (under 100 words, please) with the subject “Mentor,” and we’ll send them to an established screen or TV writer to answer. Questions might be edited for space or clarity and will be published anonymously. WGAW mentors provide informal career advice and are not available to read scripts, give notes, hear pitches, or help find representation or work. Read more >>


WATCH: Understanding Your TV/Streaming and Feature Contracts

In these two panel events, representatives from the Guild and talent agency partners discuss what writers can do to get the most out of their television and feature contracts.

The MBA sets the minimums for what a contract for WGA-covered work should include. Anything beyond those minimums is considered overscale and is negotiated by the individual writer or their representative. Whether represented by an agent or not, writers can be more strategic self-advocates by understanding the details of their employment contracts, how they intersect with the MBA, and the many resources available through the Guild. Especially in this pandemic-driven climate of instability and confusion, it’s critical that writers know their contractual rights, get the best overscale terms possible, and anticipate common pitfalls with the studios. Read more >>

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