In New Zealand, unlike other screen industries, there are no minimum agreements to create a price line and conditions for the inclusion of writers. The Employment Relations Act, which allows unions to negotiate with employers, does not cover any contractors and most writers in New Zealand work as contractors. This is why it is essential that authors ensure that their contracts are complete and that they sufficiently manage the relationship between themselves and the producer. The contract is intended to facilitate the negotiation process between an author or his representative and a company that employs that author. Businesses, writers and their representatives can use these forms to commemorate employment contracts before a „long form“ agreement is presented. The most common complaint NZWG hears from producers is that writers do not understand the economic realities of local industry. These realities shift from production to production – a low-budget short film is produced on a different scale than a one-hour drama series. Find out the rate or conditions for the type of production you are working on. Always fill in the spaces when there are spaces in the form agreements, or at least all the others except one of the clauses of one or the other. The main contract we negotiate for the liberal professions is the Minimum Fundamental Agreement (MBA). In addition, we offer several other freelance contracts and agreements. If you want to purchase a printed copy of the MBA or previous agreements or schedules, email Operations. Most writers working in New Zealand industry work as contractors.
Due to the nature of the contractual relationship, it is necessarily a more flexible and fluid regulation than that of the employee-employer relationship. The Guild negotiates contracts on behalf of its members with companies that employ writers. The union also provides legal and professional advice to members with private employment contracts. Once these contracts are negotiated and concluded, the Guild actively implements them to ensure that members receive everything they are entitled to. WGGB prices and agreements cover television, theatre, radio and parts of the film. In addition, you will find detailed advice on best practices in the policies and brochures we establish. These are all available as PDFs in the Resources section or in the WGGB headquarters. We can also advise members by phone or email. Go to the Contacts section.
The standard writing contract is available in two versions, one for authors directly employed and the other for writers employed by loan. The use of this contract can and will make your life easier, both at the time of the negotiation of the agreement and in those unfortunate cases where a dispute arises at a later date. We believe that this contract can help ensure that writers are paid earlier, reduce disputes over the language of the contract and eliminate the inclusion of unexpected and unwelcome provisions, which are too often discovered after the contract is signed.