Over the past week, writers have seen unprecedented and powerful demonstrations of solidarity from workers across the industry who also struggle under the current broken business model. We are in this fight together. And, together, we will feel the toll of this strike.
In recognition of the effects of a work stoppage on the entire entertainment community, the WGA Negotiating Committee, Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) Board, Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) Council, and others have pledged funds to help industry workers in need. With lead gifts from J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti, Adam McKay, Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes, Mike Schur, and John Wells, writers have pledged more than $1.7 million in total to the Entertainment Community Fund to help all industry workers.
The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) provides emergency financial assistance to individuals in entertainment (including the film and TV community) who meet the needs-based requirements, regardless of their profession within the industry or union affiliation. The Fund also provides human services nationally for people who work in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance, as well as multiple health and wellness, career and life, and housing services to support a life in the arts.
If you have the means, we invite you to join us by donating what you can. Visit entertainmentcommunityfund.org/donate and select “Film and Television” from the drop-down menu.
WGA NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE
WGAW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David A. Goodman, Co-Chair
Chris Keyser, Co-Chair
Ellen Stutzman, Chief Negotiator
Patric M. Verrone
Meredith Stiehm, WGAW President
Michele Mulroney, WGAW Vice President
Betsy Thomas, WGAW Secretary-Treasurer
Michael Winship, WGAE President
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, WGAE Vice President of Film/TV/Streaming
Christopher Kyle, WGAE Secretary-Treasurer