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75% fee rise for writers working under PACT TV agreement

Good news for writers working under the Writers Guild of Great Britain’s (WGGB) PACT Television Agreement who are set to get an increase of 75%.

From 1 October 2016 the minimum fee for a 60-minute single drama will increase from £7,500 to £13,320 thanks to joint negotiations from the WGGB along with the Personal Managers Association (PMA).
The agreement sets out the minimum terms and conditions to be observed in contracts between members of the WGGB and the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT). It is the first time in 13 years that the rate if has been increased, however all the three bodies have pledged to set up a forum to ensure the agreement is kept up to date.
WGGB Acting General Secretary Ellie Peers said: “Creative workers face difficult times – against the backdrop of a rapidly changing digital landscape, and all the challenges that throws up. WGGB is determined not only to protect writers in all the sectors we represent, but to ensure they get their fair share of the fruits of their labours.” 
Barbara Hayes, Deputy Chief Executive of ALCS, showed her support for the vital work carried out by WGGB in protecting writers’ incomes: “Well done to both the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and PMA in this recent victory for writers’ pay. ALCS research indicates that writers are facing extremely tough times, and to see these kinds of agreements successfully come into place is a huge achievement and so beneficial for writers. It can only help the industry by keeping writers writing.”
See ALCS’s research into authors incomes.

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