The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have been at loggerheads over what compensation should be paid for content on new-media platforms.
Initially, the WGA had been asking for that flat 2.5% fee for the streaming of content, such as TV shows, online.
But the TV writers, who went on strike Nov. 5, have now revamped their proposal on new-media residuals.
The WGA’s most recent offer, proposes a tiered compensation formula – based on viewing -- for the online streaming of TV shows.
Under the new formula proposed by the writers, they would get paid a 3% payment of “the applicable minimum” for the first 100,000 streams of a TV show in a quarter, and another 3% for each subsequent 100,000 views in that quarter, according to a WGA spokesman. At the start of each subsequent quarter, the count to 100,000 streams would start over again, with another 3% for each 100,000 streams.
After the first year, residuals for reuse would be 2.5% of distributor’s gross, with the same rate should also applying to the streaming of movies.
The AMPTP has offered to pay a single fixed fee of less than $250 a year for the video streaming of an hour-long TV show on the Web.
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