WGA inks agreements with Lionsgate, Marvel


Mumbai: The Writer’s Guild of America has recently signed deals with many film studios to get back to work on the movies that were put on hold thanks to the WGA strike.
The latest to join the bandwagon are leading independent filmed entertainment studio Lionsgate and Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. Lionsgate is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content.
Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America, East said, “Lionsgate is considered a leader in the industry, and its signing an interim agreement again confirms that it is possible for both writers to be compensated fairly and respectfully for their work and for companies to operate profitably.”
Where the deal signed with Lionsgate is similar to the ones signed with The Weinstein Company, United Artists, Lionsgate, Worldwide Pants, Spyglass Entertainment, MRC, Jackson Bites, Mandate Films, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the agreement with Marvel Studios will put the writers immediately back to work on the Marvel Studios development slate. The terms for this deal remain undisclosed.
“We’re very excited about our summer releases, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and look forward to resuming work with writers on our future projects including Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, and The Avengers,” said Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel.
“Marvel Studios’ signing of an interim agreement with the Writers Guild is more good news for our membership,” said WGAE president Michael Winship and WGAW president Patric M. Verrone. “Marvel is committed to fairly compensating their writers and now they can move forward with their planned production schedule.”