If you’re having a problem with a Guild signatory company, we want to hear about it. Please use the links below to tell us about the issue you’re experiencing.
Working Rule 3 requires that members send the Guild a copy of their contracts. Your writing contracts are a very important part of the Guild's enforcement efforts. If the Guild does not have a copy of your contract, please submit your contract now. Failure to do so may delay our enforcement efforts on your behalf.
The MBA requires that studios pay writers within seven days, whether that’s commencement of writing, delivery of a writing step, or your weekly services. After seven days, late payments accrue interest at the rate of 18% per year. If you are paid late, you are owed interest under the MBA, which the Guild will pursue on your behalf.
Under the MBA, it is the writer alone who has the right to determine when literary material is ready for delivery and payment is due. Follow these steps to protect yourself against free rewrites.
If you have a problem or question concerning:
- Initial compensation
- Separated rights
- Program fees
- Theatrical reacquisition
- Videogames based on covered movies or TV shows
- Terms and conditions of your employment
- Sale of literary material to a signatory company
- Character payments
- Any other any concerns about contracts
Visit Know Your Rights under the Contracts & Enforcement menu or contact the Contracts Department.
Typically, residuals for theatrical projects are due to the Guild on a quarterly basis. Television projects are due either within 30 days of usage (if used on a Network) or within four months (most other usage). Please see the “Residuals Survival Guide” for more details.
If your residuals are overdue, contact the Residuals Department. The department will not only investigate any usage you report that may be overdue, but all exhibition markets for your project. If you wrote an episode of a series, they will check the entire series for unpaid residuals. Potential claims are researched on a first-in, first-out basis. Once they have completed their initial investigation, your claim will be assigned to a collections coordinator who will pursue any unpaid residuals and, if warranted, late fees.
If you believe you should be a participating writer on a project and have not received a Notice of Tentative Writing Credits, or if you see an incorrect writing credit on-screen or in advertising, call the Guild's Credits Department at (323) 782-4528 or email: Credits so that the credits staff can investigate whether a credit violation has occurred.