BOOM! Studios Begins to Work with the #DisneyMustPay Task Force to Resolve Royalty and Statement Issues
The #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force has announced that BOOM! Studios have begun to work with them to achieve the Task Force’s goals to ensure that all writers who are owed royalties and/or statements for their media-tie in work are identified and that Disney and other companies honor their contractual obligations to those writers after acquiring the companies that originally hired the writers.
In the announcement, Filip Sablik, President, Publishing & Marketing BOOM! Studios stated:
BOOM! Studios strongly support all creators receiving any reporting and royalty payments they are contractually owed. When we have obligations, we honor them. We are happy to work with both the Disney Task Force and our licensor Disney to resolve the situation to everyone’s satisfaction.
The Task Force has come to the conclusion that BOOM! were not told about the writers who were due royalties when media rights were transferred to them. Though Disney does have a partial stake in BOOM!, they’re aren’t a part of the day-to-day operations. The task force has stated that “BOOM! Studios are not at fault here”.
The #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force, formed by SFWA, includes the Authors Guild, Horror Writers Association, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, National Writers Union, Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime (SinC). The Task Force identifies and guides authors who might be owed money. Disney is refusing to cooperate with the task force to identify affected authors.