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LION TV EXECS WILL RECOGNIZE EMPLOYEES’ VOTE TO BE REPRESENTED BY WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST IN BARGAINING

May 6, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK CITY - The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO is pleased to announce that Lion Television has agreed to recognize the Guild as the collective bargaining representative of its writers, producers, associate producers and researchers.  Employees working on such shows as Cash Cab for Discovery Network, Megadrive for MTV, and History Detectives and America Revealed for PBS had voted for Guild representation in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.  The NLRB has just certified the election results. The Lion Television bargaining unit will include almost 100 people.

Lion TV employees voted for Guild representation in December as part of an ongoing organizing campaign at many non-fiction basic cable production companies.    

“We welcome the Lion employees into our creative community, where they will join thousands of other members who do some of the best work in television, film, radio, and digital. We are pleased that Lion respects their decision to become part of the Writers Guild and we look forward to a long and productive relationship,” said WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson.


The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The WGAE conducts programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers. In addition, it represents writers’ interests on the legislative level.  For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org.
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