The WGA is entitled to financial insurance with regard to the image in order to ensure compliance with image obligations. In the case of images that employ DGA and/or the SAG-AFTRA core agreement, the WGA`s safety interest will be combined simultaneously and in the same form as the security interest for SAG-AFTRA and/or DGA. The DGA and SAG-AFTRA are cooperating with the WGA to obtain the financial assurances necessary for the WGA as a convenience for the producer group and to ensure consistency in the provision of financial insurance to the aforementioned guilds, including, but not limited to, guaranteeing security agreements, inter-creditor agreements, subordination agreements, guarantee agreements, a residual reserve or a collection account management agreement. If you have any questions about financial insurance, please contact the signature department at (212) 767-7837. (Article 47) Questions about the importance of a guild agreement provision or the provisions contemplated for individual bargaining should be directed to guild contract services at (323) 782-4501 in Los Angeles and (212) 767-7800 in New York. Authors and their representatives should not hesitate before calling the Guild at (323) 782-4521 or the WGAE Contract Service at (212) 767-7800. Writers and their representatives should not hesitate before calling the Guild for a known offence, as contractual deadlines may prohibit WGA actions due to time. Questions relating to specific cases already assigned to a guild lawyer can be directed to the WGAW Legal Department at (323) 782-4521 and to WGAE lawyers at (212) 767-7800. If you are unsure where to seek help, please contact WGAW Member Services at (323) 782-4741 or WGAE at (212) 767-7800. On Wednesday, sources told Deadline that the new interim agreement contained “significant movement” and “flexibility” in the exclusive options that authors stick to series regardless of their length. It is especially the guild that has been a big thorn in the side in recent years, with the rise of streaming platforms and orders for changing episodes for series. During the 2001 MBA negotiations, a great deal of time was spent reaching agreement on limiting “A Film by” and other possessive credits.
Although there has been a serious dialogue on this issue, no agreement has been reached. It was agreed that this issue would be addressed industry-wide with other credit issues. Until this problem is resolved, writers and their representatives can contribute by expressing their belief that granting recognition of possession to the director denigrates the work, not only by writers, but also by all those who contribute creatively to the creation of a film.