22 January 2014 10:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America West is teaming with its franchised agents on a joint project to address what the guild calls the chronic problem of late payment to screenwriters.

The move was announced in a message to the 8,000 WGA West members from exec director David Young and president Chris Keyser.

“The goal is to change the culture of late pay that persists in Hollywood,” the duo said. “Initially, this program will be limited to delivery of literary material for features; if it’s a success we may broaden its application.”

The missive explained that the guild’s master contract requires payment to the writer within seven days after delivery of literary material.

“Because of this contractual requirement, writers should not have to wait for their paychecks for any reason,” Young and Keyser said.

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