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Apple Signs Writers Guild Contract, sets possible precedent for future negotiations

As per some reports, Apple has signed the Writers Guild of America master contract, agreeing to times over the least for programming offered free online.

This is important as it could have associations for the subsequent round of WGA talks leading to the termination of the current contract in May 2020.

The letter to WGA West members, President David A. Goodman and executive director David Young has written was:

“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.”

As for the better settlement that Apple accepted to with the WGA can serve as an origin point for settlement negotiations. Rather than the moderate standards in the current contract.

Apple is always busy in contracting shows and movies for its individual platforms in new years. It is also including taking actress Lizzy Caplan for its new series “Are You Sleeping?” and arriving with the TV adaptation claims to Gregory David Roberts’ 2003 novel “Shantaram.”