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Hollywood Screenwriter Earnings Fall 5.4%, TV Gains 2.3%

7 July 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood screenwriter earnings slid 5.4% last year to $313.9 million — the fifth straight year of decline — while TV writing earnings rose 2.3% to $725.6 million, according to the Writers Guild of America West.

Total covered earnings for WGA West members topped $1 billion for the third consecutive year, edging down 0.2% to $1.053 billion, the guild disclosed in its annual report to members via its membership and finance committee chaired by Carl Gottlieb.

But the stats in the report — which began hitting member mailboxes in recent days — underscore the uncertain state of show business economics.

Total employment slid  slightly by 0.9% to 4,745, a decline of 43 slots from the 2013 number. The WGA said that late reports in coming months will likely result in a slight increase in employment levels and earnings.

A total of 3,888 writers reported TV earnings, a gain of 39 slots. Feature film employment fell 5.6% to 1,556 writers, or 96 fewer than in 2013 — the fifth straight year of decline in »

- Dave McNary

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