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WGAE Continues Advocacy Efforts For Increased Funding For Public Media

July 24, 2009


Sesame Street Writers Advocate in Washington D.C. for Increased Funding for Public Media

On Thursday, July 23, “ Sesame Street ” writers Judy Freudberg and William Levin, along with “West Wing” and “Without a Trace” writer Allison Abner,  accompanied WGA East staff to advocate for increased funding in public media. The members of Congress we met with, including Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) both from the House Appropriations Committee, have already allocated a 10% increase in funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is great news for our members. Furthermore, they both expressed interest in potentially getting involved in our current contract negotiations with PBS. Overall, this was a very productive endeavor. The Guild looks forward to taking similar trips to D.C. in the near future.



“ Sesame Street ” writers Judy Freudberg and William Levin stand with Bert & Ernie in support of public broadcasting




“ Sesame Street ” writers Judy Freudberg and William Levin along with Congresswoman Nita Lowey