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WGA releases counterproposal details

UPDATED — In a message to members sent mid-day Wednesday, WGA leaders have released details of the guild’s counter-proposal to compensate writers for streaming TV programs.

ARTICLE 53 FINANCIAL INFORMATION


SIDELETTER ON EXHIBITION OF MOTION PICTURES TRANSMITTED VIA NEW MEDIA

ARTICLE 67 FAIR MARKET VALUE

The AMPTP had proposed a fixed residual of $250 a year last week. In response, WGA West president Patric Verrone and WGA East prez Michael Winship said that the guild proposed at Tuesday’s session that the fixed residual be paid on a higher percentage of applicable minimum for each 100,000 streams per quarter; after the first year, re-use would be paid on the guild’s proposed 2.5% of distributor’s gross.

The WGA didn’t issue a specific dollar figure as to what each step would pay. But Verrone and Winship said the companies are already keeping records of streams for their advertisers.

“We believe these formulas will protect the writer even if all television reuse migrates to new media,” they said. “This is our real goal – we simply want to make sure that writers keep up if reuse moves to the Internet. If new media reuse turns out to be additive, both partners will benefit.”

The full message, after the jump.

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