Canadian Screenwriters and Producers Reach New Agreement

From a media release:

Canadian screenwriters and producers have a new collective agreement governing English-language screenwriting in Canada. The Writers Guild of Canada(WGC), the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) announced today that all parties have ratified the new writers’Independent Production Agreement (IPA), which came into effect March 16, 2015. This agreement sets the terms of engagement until December 31, 2017.

The new agreement includes automatic jurisdiction over TV series bibles written by WGC members, which were not covered in the previous agreement. Also key to the deal is an improved royalty formula, which will result in WGC members seeing royalty payments sooner and on more projects. The new royalty formula also applies to digital productions, such as web series, when they are sold for use on conventional television.