Traditional Programs Reused in New Media

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This category includes feature films or television programs that are made available for viewing in New Media – whether streaming, rental or permanent download. Of course, the original movie or show must have been produced by a signatory company under the MBA. Reuse of Traditional Media occurs when users watch Grey’s Anatomy on, Ghostbusters on or download episodes of How I Met Your Mother on iTunes.

Here are several resources for those seeking information about writing, creating or producing Traditional Programs: 

Work Must Be For a Signatory Employer 

When Is New Media Writing Covered by the MBA?  

What Kind of New Media Writing Is Not Covered? 

Pension Plan & Health Fund Contributions  

Writing Credits  

Reuse of New Media Programs (Residuals) 

Additional Provisions: Time of Payment; No Strike, No Lockout; Grievance and Arbitration  

Writer-Owned Companies  

Complete Made For New Media Sideletter as part of the 2008 WGA Agreement (.pdf) 


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Shelagh Wagener, New Media Field Representative/Organizer