A writer’s position in the entertainment industry is determined largely by his or her credits. Their professional status depends on the quality and number of screenplays, teleplays, or stories which bear their names. The administration of an accurate and equitable system of determining credits is, therefore, one of the most important services the Guild performs for writers.

We have provided the following information for your convenience. If you have any questions, please read this FAQ, or contact the Credits Department at (323) 782-4528 or email: Credits.

Credits Information for Writers

Credits Survival Guide
This is a plain language guide to the credits determination process with practical tips writers should know to help protect their interests in credits.

Credits Manuals
These manuals describe the Guild’s credits determination procedure and policy as well as writers’ rights and responsibilities when hired by a Guild signatory Company.

Screen Credits Manual
Television Credits Manual

Additional Literary Material Credit
Writers who have rendered WGA-covered writing services on theatrical features who do not receive writing credit may receive an Additional Literary Material credit. Here's an explanation of how the ALM works and who may receive it.

Credits Information for Companies

Credits Procedures Guides
These guides are a ready reference for writers and staff members who propose writing credits, prepare and submit Notices of Tentative Writing Credits to the Guild for Guild signatory production companies, and gather materials for credit arbitrations on Guild projects.

Theatrical Credits Procedures Guide
Television Credits Procedures Guide
New Media Credits Procedures Guide