WGA Member Vote on Proposed Screen Credits Manual Rescheduled


(email to members via TVWriter™ Press Service)

In April of this year, the WGAW Board of Directors and WGAE Council approved a set of revisions to the Screen Credits Manual and directed staff to conduct an online member ratification vote in the Fall. The referendum process has been underway since August 23, when the proposed amendments were first posted on the WGAW and WGAE websites.

As part of the referendum process, two groups of WGA members submitted statements urging a “no” vote. The focus of these con statements was a procedural issue pertaining to the deadline for filing participating writer statements in a credit arbitration. Similar concerns were expressed by members attending an informational meeting that took place at WGAW headquarters on October 2.

In the wake of the informational meeting, the leaders present concluded that the concerns of members expressed both in the written opposition statements and at the informational meeting could be addressed with a relatively minor change to a single paragraph of Screen Credits Manual proposal. The Credits Review Committee, with the assistance of staff, drafted the proposed modification, which is shown below, redlined to the text of the original proposal approved by the Board in April:

Screen Credits Manual, Section II.D.4.b (third paragraph)
Proposed change – redline:

As the written statement is the participating writer’s only opportunity to communicate the writer’s position to the arbiters, it is advised that the writer take due care in its preparation. Because of the limitation of 21 business days for the arbitration, this statement must be delivered to the Guild within 72 (seventy-two) hours from notification by the Guild that all of the literary and source material for the arbitration has been submitted. The deadline for submission of statements will be strictly applied and NO extensions will be granted. A participant’s failure to submit a statement in a timely fashion shallReasonable requests for extensions will be granted, but will not preclude the Guild from proceeding with an arbitration with the statements then available to the Guild. If a participating writer submits a statement after the materials have been submitted to the Arbitration Committee, Credits staff will forward such statement to the Arbitration Committee, provided such statement is received prior to a decision of the Arbitration Committee.

On October 4, 2018, the Board and Council approved the modified language set forth above and directed a ratification vote proceed on a revised schedule.


Members are urged to read the modified language of the Screen Credits Manual proposal and once again will be invited to submit statements supporting or opposing approval of the proposed changes to the Screen Credits Manual. Statements must be delivered to WGAW or WGAE headquarters in “camera-ready” condition no later than 12:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 22, 2018 (see invitation to submit pro or con statements below). Voting on the proposed amendments will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 29 and will conclude at 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 12, 2018.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This meeting is for Writers Guild of America members – but even non-Guild signatory companies tend to use WGA rules as patterns for their own behavior so it behooves all our readers to know as much as possible about the changes.