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October 2, 2009

Writers Guild East Signs 11 Digital Media Producers

Signatories are first group under Writers Guild 2.0 new media initiative.

By Lisa Horowitz
Published: September 29, 2009

 

The Writers Guild of America, East, has signed 11 digital media production companies to work under its rules, giving their writers union protection. The signings are part of the Writers Guild 2.0 new-media initiative.

The new signatories are Dinosaur Diorama TV, producer of Web series including "The Burg" and "The All for Nots"; "Concierge: The Series";  Kapri Productions, producer of "Life After Lisa"; New Jill Productions, which is behind Web series "Jack & Jill"; Super Heroic Pictures, maker of Web series "Issues The Series"; Tailslating, producer of Andy Parks' interactive Web series "The Haley Project"; CJP Communications, a corporate PR film and developer of branded content whose Web series include "The Temp Life"; "Alevon," a Web series written and directed by Celia Peters; "The Louise Log," from writer-director Anne Flournoy; an untitled project from writer-creator Chioke Nassor ("Titsburg"); and Hedge Fund Productions, producer of Chris Murray's Web series "Hedge Fund."




"We welcome these signatories and their writers into the Writers Guild. They are on the cutting edge of digital media production and distribution," said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGAE, in a statement. "We are pleased these companies recognize the value of a Writers Guild contract, and we look forward to working with them as the industry continues to evolve."

Dinosaur Diorama TV's Thom Woodley commented, "Signing on with the WGAE is a very important step for creators and the industry to gain the respect we deserve. It recognizes that Web video is becoming a force to be reckoned with in entertainment, and it helps to validate the medium. As a writer, I appreciate the flexibility the contract offers."

Some of the newly signed writers will take part in a panel at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, "From Words to Code: A Workshop for Surviving as a Writer in the Digital World," sponsored by the WGAE and the Paley Center for Media. The panel will be held at the Paley Center in New York.



 

 

Company Town

The business behind the show

Writers Guild of America, East signs 11 digital media companies

September 29, 2009 | 5:13 pm

 


Photo: Actress Stephanie Danielson in the Web series "Life After Lisa." 
Credit: Kapri Productions

Next time you're watching content online, you can be sure to look for the union label.

Furthering its push into the digital realm, the Writers Guild of America, East announced today that it had signed agreements to extend union benefits to scribes who work in nearly a dozen independent digital production companies.

The companies include Dinosaur Diorama TV, producers of such Web series as  "The Burg"; New Jill Productions, creator of "Jack & Jill," a comedy about a trashy romance novelist's personal struggles; and Kapri Productions, producer of Elena Moscat's Web series "Life After Lisa," about college life in the mid-1980s.

The new signatories have produced more than 12 series with budgets ranging from a few thousand to half a million dollars.

Under the agreements, writers who work on the shows will become guild members and thus be paid under the terms of the union's main contract. The fight to secure union coverage for those who work in new media was a central issue in the 100-day strike last year by the Writers Guild.

Since the strike ended, both east and west branches of the guild have been moving aggressively to expand into new-media production, which is largely nonunion.  The additional 11 signatories brings the total number of new-media agreements to about 40 on the East Coast. The West has inked more than two dozen deals with digital production companies.

"It's a different community of creators,'' said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East. "Nobody really knows how the business model will shake out, but we think we need to be at the table to ensure writers are protected."

-- Richard Verrier



 

WGA East ups digital media ante

Union signs 11 companies that create web content

By Jay A. Fernandez
Sept 30, 2009, 03:59 PM ET

 

As part of its Writers Guild 2.0 organizing effort, the WGA East has signed 11 new companies that create content for digital media. The writers at these companies will become WGAE members.

Inroads into digital media are a priority for the guild, and its initiative includes seminars, a job training program and an organizational push.

The new signatories include Dinosaur Diorama TV ("The Burg"); "Concierge: The Series"; Kapri Prods. ("Life After Lisa"); New Jill Prods. ("Jack & Jill"); Heroic Pictures ("Issues the Series"); Tailslating ("The Haley Project"); CJP Communications ("The Temp Life" ); "Allevon"; "The Louise Log"; an untitled project from writer Choike Nassor ("Titsburg"); and Hedge Fund Prods. ("Hedge Fund").

Many of these writers and companies will participate in an event Wednesday night, "From Words to Code: Surviving as a Writer in the Digital World," sponsored by the WGAE and the Paley Center for Media.

"Signing on with the WGAE is a very important step for creators and the industry to gain the respect we deserve," said Dinosaur Diorama TV creator Thom Woodley. "It recognizes that web video is becoming a force to be reckoned with in entertainment, and it helps to validate the medium."

"We welcome these signatories and their writers into the Writers Guild," said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGAE. "They are on the cutting edge of digital media production and distribution. We are pleased these companies recognize the value of a Writers Guild contract."







WGA recruits digital units

Deal allows Internet writers to join guild

By CYNTHIA LITTLETON

The Writers Guild of America East has recruited 11 digital production shingles as signatories to the WGA's minimum basic agreement.

Deal means that scribes working on made-for-Internet fare at those shingles will become WGA East members if they are not already guild-repped. It's part of a push at the guild to recruit indie production ventures early on rather than having to organize their scribes on a project by project basis later on.

The pact will bring at least two dozen new members to the guild at the outset, according to the WGAE.

Among the companies signing on are Dinosaur Diorama TV, which produces the popular web skeins "All's Faire," "The All For Nots" and "Greg and Donny."

Others include Kapri Prods. ("Life After Lisa"), New Jill Prods. ("Jack & Jill"), Tailslating LLC ("The Haley Project") and Super Heroic Pictures ("Issues the Series").

Signing on with the (guild) is a very important step for creators and the industry to gain the respect we deserve," said Dinosaur Diorama principal Thom Woodley. "It recognizes that web video is becoming a force to be reckoned with in entertainment, and it helps to validate the medium.



Cynopsis: DIGITAL
09/30/09

The Writers Guild of America , East (WGAE) has signed 11 new digital media content creators. The new signatories have produced more than 12 web series between them and have additional series in development. The writers at each outfit will become WGAE members. New signatories include: Dinosaur Diorama TV, (The Burg); Concierge: The Series; Kapri Productions, (Life After Lisa); New Jill Productions (Jack & Jill); Heroic Pictures, (Issues The Series); Tailslating (The Haley Project), CJP Communications (The Fall of Kaden); Celia Peters (Allevon);  Anne Flournoy (The Louise Log); Choike Nassor, (Titsburg); and Hedge Fund Productions. (Hedge Fund).