Points of contention

What writers want

  • Residuals for shows and movies streamed over the Web and on cellphones.
  • A doubling of residual payments from home video sales.
  • Extension of guild pay and benefits to writers on reality TV programs.

What producers say

  • DVD sales are needed to offset rising marketing and production costs.
  • It’s too early to lock into pay formulas for online shows because technologies are changing rapidly.
  • No pay for streaming of TV shows on the Web because it is a form of promotion.

Source: Times research