The #DisneyMustPay task force announced that Alan Dean Foster, James Kahn, and Donald F. Glut, the authors of the novelization of the original Star Wars trilogy, have solved their royalty issues and will be paid by Disney.
It was Alan Dean Foster’s issues with Disney that sparked the current furor over Disney’s payment of residuals to writers and while this specific issue has been addressed, the task force has uncovered many other issues regarding Disney’s payments to writers. Disney to the creators, and Bleeding Cool has covered the issues. concerning the comic book side.
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America joined the task force, with Lee Goldberg, writer and founder of IAMTW, joining Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Chuck Wendig. They state, “Authors continue to contact the task force for assistance. Writers who lack royalties or royalty statements can complete this form hosted by SFWA. Anonymity is guaranteed.” More information about the fight, me and those involved, can be read on the WritersMustBePaid.org website.
“Lee Goldberg, IAMTW, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America bring invaluable experience to the Disney Task Force,” said Mary Robinette Kowal, President of SFWA. “Their support shows that writers are united. “
John Palisano, President of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), said, “The HWA is proud to be a part of the Disney Task Force alongside SFWA, RWA, MWA and many other writer-focused organizations. We believe writers should get paid and shouldn’t need to jump over hoops to make this happen. We hope that Disney will come to the table and cooperate with the author organizations that provide support to authors and agents so that there is a clear path for the future. We all want a resolution that will continue the great creative relationships that have been built over many decades. “
“Since we launched the working group, progress has been made; we are happy that a few editors have been paid,” Kowal said. “However, we are noticing the difference in the way low profile writers are treated. We shouldn’t be having the discussion about honoring their contracts yet.”