The Writers Guild of America, West, has been going after producers for unpaid residuals and other compensation, and Deadline.com reports that the effort has paid off to the tune of more than $85 million in the past two years.
“The pace of collections has increased dramatically in recent months,” the story reports. “In the six months ending November 24, the guild’s legal department collected a whopping $42 million in unpaid monies that was owed to writers, according to a guild source. That’s up over 37% from the $30 million collected during the previous 12 months.”
The guild reportedly has hundreds of open cases it is pursuing on behalf of film and TV writers. “Last November, for instance, it was working on more than 500 open cases, about a third of which involved major studios, big-name indies and the major TV networks,” Deadline reports.