Apple Signs Writers Guild Contract, Setting Possible Precedent for Future Negotiations

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has signed the current Writers Guild of America master contract, agreeing to terms above the minimum for programming offered free online. This is significant because it could have implications for the next round of WGA talks ahead of the expiration of the current contract in May 2020, Variety reports.


    In a message to WGA West members, President David A. Goodman and executive director David Young wrote:
    In other words, the better deal (for writers, at least) that Apple agreed to with the WGA could act as a starting point for contract negotiations, rather than the lower standards in the current contract.

    Apple has been active in developing shows and movies for its own platforms in recent years, including signing actress Lizzy Caplan for its new series "Are You Sleeping?" and landing the TV adaptation rights to Gregory David Roberts' 2003 novel "Shantaram."

    Article Link: Apple Signs Writers Guild Contract, Setting Possible Precedent for Future Negotiations
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    "These deal terms are significant"

    just as significant as WGA's "win" in 2007
  3. Art Mark macrumors regular

    Art Mark

    Jan 6, 2010
  4. benj4min macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2016
    New York, NY
    So, does this mean that the original Apple programming will possibly be "free" to view? No subscription model? If so, I'm curious about how they plan to monetize. I can't imagine ads throughout the content. That wouldn't feel very "Apple" at all.
  5. Cloudkicker macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2016
    London, Canada/Los Angeles, CA
    As a member of WGA, I am skeptical. I fear they'll screw writers out of income. When has Apple used their long claws to push money on the table *towards* someone else. Rhetorical.
  6. zantafio macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2014
    Now let's hope Apple will also sign a contract with the Film Actor Guild.
  7. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    Not being from USA, I didn’t understand the meaning of the article. Could someone help me understand it in an alternate way?

    Thank you :)
  8. Vjosullivan macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2013
    Apple have made a collective agreement with the writers' union on payment for their work (on TV shows, movies, etc.). This should also include details of payments for repeat runs, different media, etc. It massively simplifies contract negotiation and lets everyone know what is expected of both parties.
  9. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Including it with the hardware would be quite Apple, though. Buy a $1000 iPhone or Mac? Have iLife and iWork on us.
  10. Zenithal macrumors 603

    Sep 10, 2009
    Writer's Guild? What do they do? Supply the booze and cigs?
  11. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    Oh! That’s great then! Thank you :)
  12. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    and apparently they agreed to a much higher contract than what the guild would require for the media they are working with. generally streaming is treated to lower terms than broadcast tv but it sounds like Apple is actually using the higher cost broadcast contract which is great for the writers. plus basically everyone else cause they can use this to get Apple to use their higher level contracts as well.

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