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10.5.4 Writers Guild of America




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This article is from the misc.writing Writing FAQ, by Wendy Chatley Green wcgreen@cris.com with numerous contributions by others.

10.5.4 Writers Guild of America

Writers Guild of America, West
7000 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323.951-4000 for general information
website: www.wga.org

Writers Guild of America, East
555 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

This is a professional writer's union. Membership in the Writers'
Guild of America is limited to individuals who have made sales
totaling 12 points on their arcane scale (story or screenplay for a
feature film is 12 pts. each, story or script for a sitcom is 6 pts,
etc. ad nauseam). The sales must have gone to WGA-signatory
production entities; the writer cannot have been involved in the
company in a hiring capacity. (This is to prevent a writer from
joining the guild by paying for a vanity production.)

There is a "signatory" status for agents representing writers for the
WGA. Any guild-signatory agency is prohibited from charging a reading
fee. WGA will provide information on "scale" to anyone. The West
branch has the script depository which can be used (for a fee) by
nonmembers. The East branch sells the "Professional Writer's
Teleplay/Screenplay Format Guide" (last price quoted was $4.55 via
money order, which includes postage) (editoral comments by a former
Keeper of the FAQ)

 

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