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Writers work in a variety of sectors, and are affected by different issues. Our craft committees are tailored to individual industry needs. Follow the links below to find out what they have been doing for writers in your area recently.

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  • We have supported  libraries, museums and galleries against devastating cuts.
  • Our Books Committee represents poets and non-fiction writers as well as writers of prose and deals with various issues of relevance to them.
  • We have launched the Best First Novel Writers’ Guild Award.
  • We have launched a new Best Online Comedy Writers’ Guild Award.
  • We run an event on writing for sitcom with comedy legends Marks and Gran.
  • We have gained funding for a major survey on gender equality in the film and TV industries, which will form the basis of a campaign.
  • We have taken a leading role in an international campaign to have the role of screenwriters recognised at film festivals, commissioning research and a detailed report, Written Into the Picture.
  • We have negotiated the Locked Box system with the British Film Institute.
  • We teamed up with Film London and Directors UK for a Creative Partnership Day connecting writers, directors and producers, and featuring leading figures in the industry.
  • We have run a series of free, exclusive WGGB member film screenings, and offered members the chance to attend film premieres, including Q&As with writers, directors and leading cast members.
  • We have started work on revising our film agreement with Pact.
  • We have negotiated special fees for the Home Front Radio 4 drama serial until 2018.
  • We meet regularly with the BBC to raise issues on pay and conditions for radio writers, which are enshrined in our national agreement with the corporation.
  • We have run a series of Radio Drama Roadshows around the UK.
  • We organise the annual Tinniswood audio drama script award, alongside the Society of Authors, which is presented at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.
  • We have negotiated a major new television agreement with the BBC, the Script Agreement for Television and Online, which includes significant changes to the rights of children’s and animation writers.
  • We have gained funding for a major survey on gender equality in the film and TV industries, which will form the basis of a campaign.
  • Alongside our sister unions BECTU and the NUJ, we have boycotted the broadcasters’ Project Diamond diversity initiative.
  • We have secured significant improvements for writers affected by BBC cuts on the Doctors and Pobol y Cwm TV series.
  • We have run a campaign, Free is NOT an Option, against unpaid work in television.
  • We work collectively with other unions to combat bullying, harassment by managers and colleagues as part of the Creating Without Conflict campaign.
  • We continue to negotiate and update our minimum terms agreements with the BBC, ITV and Pact (representing the independent producers).
  • WGGB and the Personal Managers’ Association have set up Writers Digital Payments, a not-for-profit company that ensures writers get paid whenever their work is shown on digital services like BBC iPlayer.
  • We are tackling the issue of writers not being paid properly on BBC ‘soaps’ shadow schemes, including EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors and have negotiated fee increases with the BBC.
  • We negotiate significant minimum rates increases with UK Theatre, the Independent Theatre Council and TNC (representing the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre).
  • We have actively supported the Playwrights’ Progress showcase for new writing; and the In Battalions campaign to highlight the damaging effects of Arts Council cuts.
  • We hold annual Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards.
  • We organise the annual Literary Managers’ Forum to discuss issues directly with the theatres and the production companies.
  • We have won new rights for playwrights commissioned by UK Theatre organisations, including provisions to protect textual integrity and additional fees if their work is performed in English-language productions in non-English speaking countries.
  • We produced a Rights Card for playwrights working under our TNC and UK Theatre agreements.
  • We have revised our guidelines for games writers and those who work with them.
  • We hold events, including an annual panel event with the International Game Developers Association.