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DGA, SAG-AFTRA, WGA Scramble to Keep Residuals Flowing During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Hollywood’s inventive guilds have been working time beyond regulation to maintain residual checks going out to members through the coronavirus disaster.

Though many of the members of the Administrators Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America West have been working remotely, the guilds have stepped up efforts to keep up the move of funds.

DGA president Thomas Schlamme and nationwide govt director Russell Hollander instructed members on March 25 that in anticipation of the present “keep at house” order that’s been instituted, the residuals division (and workers from different departments) labored across the clock to fast-track 1000’s of residuals checks price tens of tens of millions of {dollars} “so you’d have this essential supply of revenue in your palms instantly.”

“As extra checks are delivered, the staff is continuous its unbelievable work to show them round as rapidly as doable,” they added.

A lot of the workers on the DGA headquarters in Los Angeles at the moment are working remotely. Staffers on the Writers Guild of America West are additionally nonetheless working at headquarters on Fairfax Avenue to maintain residuals coming.

The WGA West reported in July that collected residuals in 2018 jumped 7.2% to $462 million, with TV residuals leaping 10% to $307 million as new media residuals surged 16.5% to $76.5 million. New media residuals have been a serious acquire within the WGA’s 100-day strike in 2007-08. Movie residuals went up 1.1% to $155 million.

As for SAG-AFTRA, about 60 of the Los Angeles staff are nonetheless engaged on getting residuals checks out. They processed about 95,000 checks final week. It’s a job that’s not possible to do remotely due to the dimensions of the tools, in accordance with a spokesperson.

SAG-AFTRA introduced almost a 12 months in the past that it had launched an automatic residual fee course of that turned out there to its 160,000 members as of Could 1, changing paper residual checks. The union mailed greater than 10,000 paper checks a day at that time.

David White, nationwide govt director of SAG-AFTRA, praised the workers for stepping up.

“Even with the growing issues about Covid-19 in Los Angeles, our workers has eagerly taken on the problem of getting members and their households as many residuals checks as doable throughout this time,” he mentioned. “I couldn’t be extra happy with this staff who, together with their colleagues across the nation, are responding to member points from coast to coast. They’re exhibiting their true colours by means of their braveness, good humor and deep concern for our membership.”

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