The two parties in the writer’s strike are celebrating an advance in talks — or more accurately, the fact that they’re talking at all. Yesterday the Writer’s Guild of America “presented its much-anticipated proposal for streamed-content compensation to the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, and the parties batted the subject back and forth for a few hours”. So far the two parties have come closest to agreeing on how to pay writers when content is streamed on an ad-supported basis, with the difficult part the compensation for paid-for downloads, reports Hollywood Reporter.
For streaming, the WGA proposed “X bucks a year for X number of streams. And starting very reasonably for a low number of streams. Every time the number of views reaches a certain threshold, the compensation bumps up into the next tier” reports Deadline Hollywood. The WGA has put a breakdown of the cost of its proposals here, and claims the counterproposal by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers would leave them worse off — but that includes an estimate for not getting paid when their content is used for promotional purposes.