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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 an event on writing for sitcom with comedy legends Marks and Gran

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 the Home Front Radio 4 drama serial.
  • 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.

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 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.
  • 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. It has paid out £2.75 million to writers.
  • We are tackling the issue of writers not being paid properly on BBC ‘soaps’ shadow schemes, including EastEndersHolby City, Casualty and Doctors and have negotiated fee increases with the BBC.

Theatre

Videogames