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.

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...

September 22, 2016

Victory at Peacock Productions

Producers and APs at NBCUniversal’s Peacock Productions have voted to join the Writers Guild! Crain’s Article on the Peacock Victory This is another major victory for the campaign to raise standards across the nonfiction TV industry. It’s been almost four years since Producers and...

June 9, 2016

AP-to-Producer Training Was A Success

In June, the AP to Producer training was put together by members of the Nonfiction TV organizing committee and established freelancers in the industry. There were over 50 freelancers in the industry in attendance. The Nonfiction TV organizing campaign aims to raise standards in the industry and a part of that is filling the voids…

April 7, 2016

Producers Gather to Demand Changes In Nonfiction Industry

4/6/16: Producers from across the New York nonfiction TV universe gathered tonight to endorse a campaign with five key demands of the nonfiction TV industry. 

February 9, 2016

ITV Settlement: Employees Get Money, Bargaining To Resume

2/1/2016, Variety:  A long-running labor dispute between ITV and the WGAE has resulted in a settlement that will enable the two sides to return to the bargaining table. ITV, which produces The First 48, agreed to settle a case brought against it by the National Labor Relations Board. The guild had alleged that ITV violated…

October 19, 2015

Ink Master Live Finale picketed by WGAE

NEW YORK, NY (OCTOBER 14, 2015) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) led a picket and protest at the live finale of Spike TV’s INK MASTER, which is produced by Original Media, the nonfiction production company recently found to have violated federal labor law by failing to negotiate in good faith with the…

October 19, 2015

Victory at Leftfield!

Cementing the call to improve standards across the nonfiction/“reality” television industry, writer-producers at Leftfield Entertainment, the largest nonfiction production company on the East Coast, voted nearly two-to-one to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Leftfield, which is owned by the UK-based media conglomerate ITV, created the hit nonfiction shows PAWN STARS and…

September 2, 2015

Filed for a Union Election at Leftfield

We are pleased to announce that we have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of the production employees at Leftfield Entertainment to have a secret ballot union election. Over the past several months we have met with hundreds of Leftfield employees and there is overwhelming support to form a union…