ABC Daytime has asked the Writers Guild of America for a waiver for the number of scripts that its staff writers turn out for its three remaining soap operas — “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”
The move, first reported by the website Daytime Confidential.com, would affect about 15 staff writers who are paid on the basis of writing a script per week. The scribes are hired in 13-week periods.
ABC and the WGA had no comment but a source familiar with the situation indicated that the network doesn’t need the number of scripts called for under the current WGA deal, which expires May 1.
As a result, if the WGA doesn’t grant the waiver request, the network may cut the number of writer slots it uses. Each show usually employs about five writers.
The WGA has not yet set a timetable for its negotiations over its master contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. The current pact was hammered out in 2008 following a 100-day strike,