In an effort to get residuals into writers’ hands more promptly, the Writers Guild of America West has expanded its Residuals Negotiating Committee.
Screenwriters Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”), Gary Ross (“Pleasantville”) and Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”), as well as television writer Madelyn Pugh Davis (“The Lucy Show”), will be joining the committee.
Current members are John Furia Jr. (the “Hotel” TV series), Charles D. Holland (“Profiler”), Tim O’Donnell (TV’s “Clueless”), Victoria Riskin (“My Antonia”) and John Wells (“ER”).
The new appointments came at a meeting Monday of the guild’s board of directors. The committee’s task is to negotiate residuals for motion-picture and television programming.
“These writers have accepted an important responsibility on behalf of their colleagues,” said WGAW prexy Daniel Petrie Jr. “Residuals are a fundamental part of a writer’s economic compensation.”
Contracts between the WGAW, WGA East, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the major networks expire on May 1, 2001. Those contracts call for negotiations on residuals during the current term.
Chief negotiator for the guilds is John McLean, exec director of WGAW. Talks are expected to begin in the fall.