Guilds Make Mobile Deals for ‘Lost’

Apr 24, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America have reached a precedent-setting deal with Touchstone Television to expand their contracts to cover mobile-phone episodes for the hit ABC series “Lost.”

The agreements establish groundwork for future deals covering mobile content and new technology.

“This deal could not have been reached without the courage of our members, who stood together and insisted that this work be guild-covered,” said WGA President Patric Verrone. “As emerging technologies revolutionize the entertainment landscape, our members have been proactive to help define this bold new world. As a result of the solidarity [of the WGA, SAG and DGA] no guild was forced to take a lesser deal.”

“The DGA is here to ensure that members will be properly compensated for the exploitation of their work and that their creative rights will be protected, regardless of content type or distribution platform,” said DGA President Michael Apted.

The agreements cover actors and writers working on mobisodes that are less than five minutes in length and viewed on cellphones. The new contracts set a minimum wage and a formula for residuals.