You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Canadian pact gives scribes bump up in pay

Animation writers included in deal

MONTREAL — Canadian scribes got a pay raise in a collective agreement for English-language screenwriting, in a deal that will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The Writers Guild of Canada made the deal with the Canadian Media Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et du Television du Quebec.

The agreement includes an immediate 2% increase in minimum script fees plus another 2% increase in January. There will be a further 1% increase in January 2014. Screenwriters will also nab a 1% increase in retirement contributions paid on fees.

Writers Guild of Canada executive director Maureen Parker said one of the most significant aspects of the agreement is the establishment of minimum rates for screenwriting in animation. These fees have tended to be quite low in the past.

“We have a very large television animation industry in Canada and it’s very successful,” Parker said. “Now there’s equity and fairness.”

The Canadian screenwriters also made a couple of concessions to help out producers on lower-budget films, both documentaries and feature films.

“We want to see if that generates more writing,” Parker said. “We’re trying to work together with producers to generate more production.”

More Film

  • Dynamo, Spiral Co-produce ‘Falco,’ Re-versioning German

    Dynamo and Spiral Co-Producing 'Falco,' Re-versioning Germany’s ‘The Last Cop’

    MONTREAL — Canadian scribes got a pay raise in a collective agreement for English-language screenwriting, in a deal that will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The Writers Guild of Canada made the deal with the Canadian Media Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et du Television du Quebec. The agreement […]

  • Lizzy Caplan

    Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in 'Gambit' (EXCLUSIVE)

    MONTREAL — Canadian scribes got a pay raise in a collective agreement for English-language screenwriting, in a deal that will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The Writers Guild of Canada made the deal with the Canadian Media Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et du Television du Quebec. The agreement […]

  • Quentin Tarantino

    California Production Tax Credits to Go to Quentin Tarantino's New Movie

    MONTREAL — Canadian scribes got a pay raise in a collective agreement for English-language screenwriting, in a deal that will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The Writers Guild of Canada made the deal with the Canadian Media Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et du Television du Quebec. The agreement […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rules Social Media Buzz Ahead of Premiere

    MONTREAL — Canadian scribes got a pay raise in a collective agreement for English-language screenwriting, in a deal that will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The Writers Guild of Canada made the deal with the Canadian Media Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et du Television du Quebec. The agreement […]

  • Nick Nolte Walk of Fame Honor

    Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting's Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

    MONTREAL — Canadian scribes got a pay raise in a collective agreement for English-language screenwriting, in a deal that will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The Writers Guild of Canada made the deal with the Canadian Media Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et du Television du Quebec. The agreement […]

  • The Post

    Oscars: Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights

    MONTREAL — Canadian scribes got a pay raise in a collective agreement for English-language screenwriting, in a deal that will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The Writers Guild of Canada made the deal with the Canadian Media Production Assn. and the Assn. des Producteurs de Films et du Television du Quebec. The agreement […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content