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Perry pacts for ‘Payne’ scribes

WGA East inks side letter to cover seven writers on TBS skein

The Writers Guild of America East has come to terms with Tyler Perry Studios on a successor deal covering scribes on his TBS comedy skein “House of Payne.”

Deal, announced Tuesday, is a side letter to the guild’s three-year contract to its minimum basic agreement, reached earlier this year with the major studios and networks.

Writers on Perry’s shows first came under WGA jurisdiction in late 2008. The WGA East said the new pact covers seven writers on “House of Payne.”

The new agreement increases weekly minimum weekly salaries by 15% and the minimum payments writers receive for scripts by 20%; residuals are based on script minimums, so residuals payments will also increase by 20%. The new minimums increase by the MBA formula of 2% in May 2012 and May 2013, as well.

“Members, living and working in the important cultural hub of Atlanta, write some of the funniest work on television,” said WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson, who was the union’s chief negotiator. “We are pleased that their contributions are being recognized and we look forward to a continued productive relationship with Tyler Perry Studios.”

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