Make It Australian campaign
Following calls from commercial broadcasters to abolish quotas for children’s content and drastically reduce quotas for scripted drama, the Australian Writers’ Guild are currently involved in the Make It Australian campaign, a joint effort by the AWG, SPA, ADG, MEAA and other industry guilds. The campaign is also pushing for:
- reform of local content rules to include the burgeoning digital platforms, including streaming video on demand;
- the restoration of funding to public broadcasters and Screen Australia, who commission a significant proportion of local comedy and drama; and
- the modernisation of our production incentives to make them globally competitive at all levels.
The campaign was launched on 18 September 2017 through a National Day of Action with events being held in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Brisbane.
Find out more about the campaign and get involved here.
AWG vs SCREENRIGHTS
On 3 March 2016, the AWG and AWGACS filed a case in the Federal Court of Australia against Screenrights over their failure to fairly protect and represent Australian and international scriptwriters and their rights. AWG & AWGACS have been forced to take this step as a last resort, following years of negotiation and attempts to resolve the matter. We believe that Screenrights’ actions had, and continue to have, the effect of denying to writers the royalties that would otherwise have been due to them over decades.
AWG-SCREENRIGHTS Media Release – 7 March 2016
AWG receives international support – 11 April 2016
SCREENRIGHTS Update – 12 May 2016
National Arts Debate 2016
Australian playwrights and screenwriters will put some of the country’s political leaders under the spotlight at a special national debate on arts funding on 8 June 2016 in the run-up to the Federal Election. Members of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) will join professionals from across the nation’s arts, screen and culture sectors at a National Arts Debate at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne organised by ArtsPeak, a federation of national peak arts organisations.
Pollies under the spotlight in National Arts Debate
Productivity Commission Public Inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements
Recommendations by the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission to cut copyright protection in Australia would have a devastating impact on the nation’s screenwriters and other authors. The draft recommendations – that include slashing the length of time copyright protects an author’s work from 70 years to as little as 15, together with the introduction of US-style ‘fair use for copyright works – showed the Productivity Commission has a profound lack of understanding of the writing process. The AWG has made submissions to this Inquiry and has urged its members to do the same.
Productivity Commission recommendations could cripple Australia’s creative industries
2015 Federal Budget cuts to the Arts
2015 was a turbulent year for the Arts and artists in Australia. First, the federal government slashed Australia Council’s grants funding and announced the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA). The industry responded with a wave of national protests. The arts community was united and outraged. Senator Ludlum successfully called for a Senate Inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget Decisions on the Arts, which took submissions and held public hearings around the country. In the meantime, the new Minister scrapped the NPEA, partially reinstated funding to the Australia Council and unveiled his own Australian Arts and Culture Fund renamed Catalyst.
NPEA – MIA, Catalyst in Question; Arts funding back to the future_
The Audio Visual Campaign
Writers and Directors Worldwide (WDW) have launched a worldwide campaign under the hashtag #TheAudiovisualCampaign that aims to create awareness and encourage changes in law that will result in a fairer share of income for content creators from films and TV programs. They are inviting Australian writers and directors to look at what is being done internationally to protect creators’ interests.
Campaign spreads for fairer pay for screenwriters and directors
In 2013 the AWG along with the ADG, MEAA and SPAA launched the ‘Australian Screens. Australian Stories.’ campaign to hold the government to account on the findings of its own Convergence Review. We are still fighting the battle for Australian content on Australian screens. Click on the links below to see how the story continues to unfold.
Australian Screens, Australian Stories!
“Keeping Australian Stories On TV Is Vital”, Keeping Conroy To His Word Is The Battle
AWG Calls For Respect For Writers and New Australian Work
New Newspoll Research Shows Six in Ten Australians Want New Australian Content Requirements
First Dog On The Moon on Australian Content
AWG – IF Magazine December 2012
Collecting your royalties
New Screenrights policy slammed as opaque and unreasonable
AWG calls for help in collecting residual payments for members
Open letter to the Radio National:ABC Radio Management Team
AWG Theatre Petition 2010
AWG Petition to the Australia Council