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.


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…

August 30, 2015

Why We Are Organizing at Leftfield

Dear Colleagues, We are happy to report that there is overwhelming support for forming a union among freelancers currently or recently working at Leftfield. This is an important moment. As many of you know, the main goal of this campaign is to organize a union across the industry. The more production companies that unionize, the…

August 26, 2015

Discovery CEO Gets “Survival Kit” From Non-Fiction Producers

Video NEW YORK, NY (AUGUST 21, 2015) – Union representatives delivered a “Non-Fiction Producers’ Survival Kit” to Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav to mark the enormous contrast between his generous $156 million pay package and the extremely difficult conditions endured by the men and women who make shows for his television networks at production companies…

August 25, 2015

POYNTER: Who’s the leader behind the union moves at Gawker, VICE and Salon?

Journalists at Gawker Media, VICE and Salon are now brothers and sisters with comedy writers on “The Daily Show” and those crafting scripts for anchors on mainstream network broadcasts. Of course, they might wince slightly at being lumped in with those others. But they’re...

June 29, 2015

VARIETY: Writers Guild Renews Deal with Optomen

The Writers Guild of America East has negotiated a new three-year contract with Optomen Prods., a specialist in  nonfiction programs for cable television networks. Optomen shows include “Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild,” “One Bad Choice,” “Mysteries at the Monument,” “Mysteries at the Castle”...

Photo: AFL-CIO Blog
June 23, 2015

AFL-CIO BLOG: Show Solidarity with Ink Master Workers

We want to see your pro-labor, pro-worker and pro-union tattoos! Share your labor-friendly tattoos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #InkMasterUnion to show solidarity with the men and women who make the hit TV show “Ink Master.” If you don’t have a tattoo,...

Terral Evans and "Gator Dundee" from History's "Swamp People." The filmmakers behind the popular Louisiana-based series have not been playing ball with the Writers Guild of America, East, at the collective bargaining table, according to the union. (Photo by Zach Dilgard)
April 16, 2015

NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE: ‘Swamp People’ filmmakers in labor dispute with writers’ union

As the public image of Louisiana’s film tax credits hits another snag in federal court this week, even more trouble might be on the horizon. A New York-based writers’ union alleges Original Media, which produces “Swamp People,” failed to write checks for tens of thousands of...

March 30, 2015

DEADLINE: Jane Street Producers Vote To Join WGA East After Company Brass Urged Against It

Freelance producers and associate producers at Jane Street Entertainment have voted overwhelmingly to join the WGA East. Despite pleas from the company’s owners to reject union representation, the freelancers voted 46-3 to join the guild, and the National Labor Relations Board now has certified the...

Photo: Variety.com
January 26, 2015

VARIETY: Writers Slam ITV Over Neil Patrick Harris Show

From Variety: More than 175 comedy/variety writers have signed a petition urging ITV to enter a collective bargaining agreement covering its nonfiction writer-producers — including its upcoming variety show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The Writers Guild of America East, which has been in...

The 2007-08 Writers Guild strike drew big headlines, but many of the writers and editors that make Hollywood run are victims of wage theft and other basic labor law violations. (EvilMonkey / Wikimedia)
October 14, 2014

IN THESE TIMES: The Real World of Reality TV: Worker Exploitation

From In These Times: On September 10, 16 editors on the Bravo reality show Shahs of Sunset walked off the job in Hollywood after informing their employer, Ryan Seacrest Productions, of their intentions to unionize. The next day, Bravo announced they would delay the...