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WGAW turns down waiver request; SAG didn't approval pact

A plan for Hollywood guilds to hand several million dollars to the Motion Picture & Television Fund has hit a pair of bumps.

The waiver committee of the Writers Guild of America West has turned down a waiver request that would have allowed Hasbro to include clips from hundreds of movies and TV shows for “Shout!,” a DVD quizshow game due out in October.

In addition, it turns out the Screen Actors Guild hasn’t given the deal final approval and SAG’s TV Theatrical Standing Committee is reviewing the deal terms, according to guild spokeswoman Ilyanne Kichaven. Under terms of the deal announced July 7, SAG members were given the option of receiving a 2% royalty or donating the funds to the MPTF.

That means only the DGA has approved a waiver allowing use of clips in the game. Hasbro will now have to ask individual actors and writers — or their estates — for permission to use the clips.

WGA West spokeswoman Cheryl Rhoden said the guild does not usually grant waivers for reuse of members’ material. “The question of charitable contributions is up to individual members,” she added.

DGA spokesman Morgan Rumpf noted that the MPTF has been the DGA’s sole charity for many years and added, “The DGA strongly appreciates the vital health services provided by the MPTF to our members and the entertainment industry.”

The MPTF’s agreement with Hasbro called for it to receive a 12% royalty as sole copyright owner, with projected royalties from all six planned DVDs of $3 million-$4 million. Game is similar to Mattel’s “Scene It” DVD game, which went on sale last year and features hundreds of movie clips and celebrities.

Proponents of the SAG waiver deal said the MPTF should be granted a waiver because of benefits derived by guild members from the MPTF’s hospitals, clinics and retirement homes. The MTPF Foundation said recently it needed to raise approximately $16 million to serve the growing needs of the showbiz community.

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