Writers/producers reach agreement

The Australian Writers’ Guild and the Screen Producers Association of Australia have reached an agreement on the basic terms of an agreement for the contracting of writers for children’s TV drama.

The key issues include provision for full buyouts or a discounted buyout with writer participation in ‘blue sky’; a five-year fee structure to reach parity between live action and animation base fees; recognition of quarter hour slot lengths with a weighting for shorter variable formats, 10 minutes and under; options on final fees based on the stage at which a writer joins the process; and a streamlined and transparent contracting and reporting approach.

These five points were negotiated by the AWG and SPAA, mediated by Justice Paul Munro. The full agreement has not been finalised.


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