In television…

  • We have negotiated a major new television agreement with the BBC, the Script Agreement for Television and Online, which includes changes to the rights of children’s and animation writers.
  • We are challenging inequality, and alongside our sister unions BECTU and the NUJ have boycotted the broadcasters’ Project Diamond diversity initiative.
  • We have negotiated pay increases for Emmerdale writers to bring them into line with ITV’s other flagship soap Coronation Street.
  • We ran a training event for writers on the US showrunners model.
  • We hosted a meeting between BEATS, BBC and CBBC, which saw the BBC confirm a commitment to contracting as many East Asian comedy writers and off-screen crew as possible who meet requirements for the show.
  • We commissioned an independent report on the under-representation of women writers in film and TV and have launched the Equality Writes campaign.
  • WGGB helped develop and supported BAFTA and BFI’s 8 Principles for combating bullying and harassment in film, TV and videogames.
  • 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 set up and run Writers Digital Payments, a not-for-profit company that ensures writers get paid whenever their work is shown on digital services like BBC iPlayer. It has paid out £2.75 million to writers.
  • We are tackling issues on BBC ‘soaps’, including unpaid shadow schemes, and have negotiated fee increases with the BBC.
  • We were part of BBC Love it or Lose It, a campaign in support of a strong, independent and properly funded BBC as it faced charter renewal in 2016.