Agreement covers online daytime soap writers
The WGA and CBS have reached a deal covering the writing of Webisodes for daytime soaps “As the World Turns” and “The Young and The Restless.”The Writers Guild said the pact will provide a flexible framework for other new technology deals. The pact covers initial compensation, minimums, residuals, pension and health coverage, and writing credit provisions. “We are pleased to have worked with CBS to develop a fair compensation model for this new media platform,” said WGA West exec director David Young. “By coming together to reach this forward-looking agreement, we’ve helped insure that the stories created by writers for this new medium will continue to maintain the creative integrity of original network programming.” The deals cover a previously announced “L.A. Diaries” series of nine Webisodes, which launched two weeks ago on CBS.com’s Innertube web site and features a friendship the Amber Moore character on “The Young and Restless” with Alison Stewart, a new character on “As the World Turns.” The Alison Stewart character will make her debut on “ATWT” on March 21. The pact comes at a time when the WGA is prepping for contract negotiations with studio and networks amid concerns that a deal will be particularly difficult due to working out compensation for writers on the proliferation of new media platforms. Negotiations are expected to start in July. CBS spokesman Chris Ender said Thursday of the new pact, “It’s a unique agreement for a unique set of circumstances.” The actors and directors on the Webisodes were also covered under existing deals with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and the Directors Guild of America, respectively.