Apple has agreed to the terms and conditions of the Writers Guild of America’s current Master Contract
Apple has agreed to the terms and conditions of the Writers Guild of America's current master contract — a development that the WGA says will have major implications at the next round of contract talks.
The WGA West revealed the development to members in a message sent Thursday by WGA West president David A. Goodman and executive director David Young.
We are happy to inform you that earlier this week Apple became a full signatory to the 2017 WGA MBA.
In addition, Apple has agreed to better-than-MBA terms if its programming is offered free to consumers online. This means that writers employed by the new signatory, Apple Development LLC, will have MBA terms like script fees, weeklies and residuals for any show that airs free to the consumer.
These deal terms are significant. First, the current MBA does not contain minimums or residuals for projects on free-to-consumer services (think Crackle). Terms have to be negotiated on a writer by writer basis. Except, now, at Apple.
Second, while almost all Guild-covered Internet programming has thus far been under a subscription (consumer pay) model — like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu — Facebook has already launched shows on their free-to-consumer service. As this market develops, it will be imperative to negotiate MBA protections for writers creating content for such services. Our Apple deal moves us in that direction while the 2020 negotiations are still two years away.
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