WGAE Non-Fiction

ITV ACTION (5/12/2014) -- Writers Guild of America, East Executive Director Lowell Peterson (far left) and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre (in blue shirt) stand with WGAE members and workers outside ITV Studios.

PEACOCK ACTION (2/21/14) -- Delivering petitions to MSNBC hosts, asking them to support their colleagues at Peacock Productions.

15 NOW MARCH (4/15/15) -- Writers Guild marches with other media workers unions in solidarity with fast-food workers at 15 Now! march in New York City.

CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON CONDITIONS IN NONFICTION TV (6/25/14) -- Photos by Hal Horowitz.

May 15, 2017

Showrunner Training Recap

This past weekend the Writers Guild hosted a packed first day of a two-day showrunner training for nonfiction television. The training was designed for producers who are trying to make the leap to showrunner and was developed and led by six experienced showrunners. The...

April 26, 2017

Office of Labor Standards Hearing

Last night, several of your colleagues from the nonfiction television industry gave testimony at a hearing held by the Office of Labor Policy and Standards, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. These...

April 13, 2017

NYTimes Covers Lunchtime Action

Sometimes something as simple as taking a lunch break can serve as a useful reminder that we all deserve to have our time respected. We work hard to generate billions of dollars for a very profitable industry and deserve sustainable careers and respect. At...

April 10, 2017

Watch Promo Video for Industry-wide Lunch Action

Taking the Rights We Have, to Win the Rights We Deserve Watch the Promo Video for the April 12th Action Now! In what other industry is it unheard of to take lunch??? We’re calling on everyone in our industry to take a lunch break...

April 5, 2017

Seize the Lunch Hour!

Our movement to raise standards across the nonfiction television industry is strong and growing. We keep winning union elections, beating legal challenges, gaining benefits and more. We are making historic progress, and that means improvements are soon to come across the industry; the reasonable...

March 16, 2017

Unpaid Overtime? It Needs to Change!

Networks and production company executives are making millions, and our business is a very profitable one.  Those profits are a result of our hard work and creative ideas. We must remember that those profits are also generated by increasing our workload and our hours...

March 15, 2017

Unite to Protect Our Future! – Nonfiction Mass Meeting

It’s more important than ever to join forces in a community that can create fair rates, secure health benefits, improve safety standards, create a work/life balance and protect all of our futures. New to the campaign? Discover what it’s all about. Have you been...

December 19, 2016

Workers at True Win Backpay for Wage Theft

Our campaign to raise industry-wide standards and improve working conditions won a big victory today. The Writers Guild of America, East is very pleased to announced True Entertainment has entered into a settlement with the New York Attorney General’s office that will require it...

December 8, 2016

Picket line at ITV Studios LA

Today, 50 people including Writers Guild of America, West and SAG-AFTRA members rallied at ITV Studios in LA to demand better pay and improving working conditions in Nonfiction television and Leftfield in particular. ITV owns Leftfield Entertainment, and this action is part of the...

November 15, 2016

Action at A+E – Bringing the Fight to the Networks

Yesterday, despite the rain, over 65 TV freelancers and supporters picketed A&E headquarters in Manhattan. This spirited action is one of the largest, public actions in Nonfiction TV history. Press Clip People in the industry are no longer willing to accepting low pay, lack...