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WGGB has been winning for writers for 60 years, across all the craft areas we represent. Take a look at some of our most recent successes below, and if you would like to become a member, you can join online here.

Animation

  • We have produced Guidelines for Animation Writers.
  • We have produced a best-practice guide for industry professionals in collaboration with the Personal Managers’ Association.
  • Children’s animation scriptwriters are now eligible for the WGGB pension.

Books

  • 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.

Comedy

  • We have launched a new Best Online Comedy Writers’ Guild Award.
  • We run special events, including writing for sitcom with comedy legends Marks and Gran and Voices for Change with Paul Sinha, Dane Baptiste and Mrs Barbara Nice.
  • We have supported Comedy 50:50, an initiative with ITV, RTS, ERA 50:50, Funny Women and BAFTA to implement measures to address gender imbalance in comedy, starting with writers.

Film

  • 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 negotiated the Locked Box system with the British Film Institute.
  • 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 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.

Radio and audio

  • We have negotiated special fees for BBC podcasts.
  • 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 sponsored the UK International Radio Drama Festival.
  • 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.
  • We are involved in events, including A New Era in BBC Audio Drama, with Radio 4’s drama and fiction commissioner Alison Hindell.

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 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.

Theatre

Videogames

All craft areas

  • We have submitted evidence to Parliament, including Breaking the Class Ceiling, an inquiry launched by the Performers’ Alliance All-Party Parliamentary Group, which is tackling the lack of working-class writers, performers and musicians.
  • We have stood by our sister unions, the Writers Guild of America East and West, in the United States, on a number of issues. These include the WGA’s condemnation of President Trump’s Muslim ban, discriminatory and unequal pay among ITV’s employees in the US, and the WGA’s dispute with talent agents.
  • We heard the call of young activists in the Youth For Climate / School Strike movement, who asked adults to come out and strike with them and join a week of action in September 2019.