Writers Guild members have ratified the 3-year deal that ended their strike earlier this month, union leaders reported yesterday. “This contract is a new beginning for writers in the digital age,” said WGA chief Patric Verrone. The deal gives the WGA jurisdiction over writing for new-media products, and sets residual payments for Internet reuse, both downloads and streaming of feature films and TV programs.
The deal provides access to information and auditing tools to allow the WGA to monitor compliance. An entertainment lawyer close to the guild said it “ties a bow on a difficult period for Hollywood labor." Some 93.6% of writers voted to back the pact. (Read more Hollywood writers' strike stories.)