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Writers Guild Low Budget Agreement

The Writer`s Guild of America (WGA) is a labor union that represents writers in the entertainment industry. In order to ensure fair treatment and compensation for its members, the WGA negotiates contracts and agreements with production companies and studios. One such agreement is the WGA Low Budget Agreement.

The Low Budget Agreement is designed for independent productions with budgets of $2.5 million or less. It allows writers to work on low-budget productions while still receiving fair compensation and protections. The agreement covers a range of issues, including payments, credit, and working conditions.

Under the Low Budget Agreement, writers are guaranteed a minimum compensation rate of $26,000 for a feature-length screenplay and $4,070 per week for episodic television. In addition, they are entitled to residuals based on the performance of their work. The agreement also includes provisions for credit arbitration, which ensures writers receive proper credit for their contributions to a project.

Another key provision of the Low Budget Agreement is its protections for writers` working conditions. The agreement limits writers` work hours to no more than 12 hours per day and 60 hours per week. It also requires productions to provide adequate rest periods, as well as meal and snack breaks.

The Low Budget Agreement is an important tool for writers working on independent productions. By providing fair compensation and protections, it helps ensure that writers are able to make a living while pursuing their creative endeavors. If you`re a writer interested in working on a low-budget project, be sure to check with the WGA to make sure the production is covered under the Low Budget Agreement.

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