By: WGAE Non-Fiction    June 29, 2015

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” and”What Have I Got.”

Optomen became the first nonfiction production company to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the WGA East in 2012 and is now the first to negotiate a renewal agreement.

The guild said the new agreement includes a significantly shorter waiting period to become eligible for health insurance, improvements to the health benefits themselves, more accrued paid time off, a new overtime provision, and pay increases for writer-producers earning the contractual minimum rate.

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