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 a protracted battle with ITV over unionizing the company, has warned that it will not allow its members to work on the show.
“We are one guild,” the petition states. “By refusing to agree to a guild contract protecting its nonfiction writers and producers, ITV is also showing the back of its hand to us, the men and women who would write comedy/variety shows for ITV — in particular, the men and women ITV apparently expects to write a major new series for NBC starring Neil Patrick Harris.”
In response, ITV disputed the guild’s claims.