I really enjoyed this Mike Fleming piece over at DHD.
As a writer, I have absolutely zero issue with a studio enforcing a deadline. Why shouldn’t they? They’re negotiated as part of the contract, and part of being professional is fulfilling your contractual obligations. But I hate one-step deals, and I’ve maintained that the proliferation of one-step deals has diminished the quality of the work. It looks like WB is making a trade here. We turn our scripts in on time, and they give us two drafts. By returning to two-step deals, writers can finally take their eye off the next paycheck and really marry the work they’re doing.
Well done, WB. A step back…in the right direction.
Just got word…our credits proposal passed in a landslide! Approval percentages were in the 90′s in the East and the 80′s in the West.
This is so gratifying to me for two reasons:
It’s the single most significant change to our credits guidelines since they were first devised, and
It passed without rancor.
The second point is an important one; similar proposals had been shot down before in a hail of controversy and intra-Guild warfare. I want to thank the hard work of our wonderful Screen Credits Review Committee, the officers and board and council of the WGAW and WGAE, as well as the work of our Credits and Referendum staff (and member volunteers…I had the pleasure of chatting last night with the legendary D.C. Fontana, who helps supervise our votes).
My biggest thanks is due, of course, to you. The members. We really took a major step today toward a better way. Our work is far from done, but our credits are stronger and truer than ever before. On behalf of our Committee, I thank you all.