Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the studios will continue today, after the feuding groups came out of a two-day talk with "substantive" progress made, according to the Associated Press. However, both sides are still arguming about compensation for movies and TV shows streamed online. The studios had proposed a flat $250 payment for a year’s use of an hour-long TV show on the Web (compared to the $20,000 paycheck writers get for a rerun of a show on the network).
Here’s how the writers want it:
Striking Hollywood writers on Wednesday called for a formula for the thorny issue of online compensation that’s different from the one studios proposed last week in an effort to end the five-week walkout.
The Writers Guild of America said it accepted the idea of a fixed residual for TV shows in the first year of online use, but the payment should be adjusted upward for each 100,000 streams per quarter.