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Drama screenwriters get 80% pay rise after 13-year wait

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Drama screenwriters have received a significant 78% pay rise after successful negotiations between the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and other industry bodies.

For an hour-long single drama, writers will now be paid a minimum fee of £13,320 – up from £7,500.

The pay rise, which comes into effect on October 1, will mark the first time the minimum rate for a TV drama has increased in 13 years.

It follows negotiations between the Writers’ Guild, the Personal Managers’ Association and the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television.

Writers’ Guild acting general secretary Ellie Peers said: “At a time when many employees are seeing wage freezes, we are proud to have achieved such a large pay rise for writers working under our Pact agreement.”

She said creative workers faced difficult times in a changing digital landscape, and stressed the Writers’ Guild was determined to “ensure [writers] get a fair share of the fruits of their labours”.

To make sure rates continue to rise, the three bodies involved are setting up a forum responsible for keeping the agreement up to date.

Pact’s deputy chief executive, Max Rumney, said: “This will ensure our agreement is kept current as well as fit for purpose for producers and writers”.

PMA co-chairs Fiona Williams and Charlotte Knight added: “We see this as an encouraging first step towards creating industry endorsed minimum terms for new and original television to flourish in this golden age of British drama and comedy.”

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