Someone has to write those streaming shows that you love so much. And those people have to get paid, just like with traditional Hollywood movies. Without writers where would these shows be? They wouldn’t exist without good writers.
Well, it looks like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix are going to have to pay more when producing original shows. That’s because the Writers Guild of America has outlined a tentative 3-year contract that will increase the residuals paid to writers for every episode in a high-budget streaming series.
This is good news for writers on these shows. The exact payouts vary depending on the size of the service and the length of the show, but the companies are looking at anywhere between $3,448 more per episode for the life of the contract (for a half-hour Hulu show) to $34,637 (for an hour-long Netflix production). That may not sound like much given the money these companies have, but that is a sizable chunk of change. You can imagine how these figures add up for a series cranking out several new episodes every year. Writers are a vital part of the process and should be compensated. This may also attract bigger name writers for these companies.