Comedy Central Writers Win WGA Contract

A landmark deal has been reached between Viacom's Comedy Central and

Writers Guild East and Writers Guild West, covering writers of four of

the network's top shows, including The Sarah Silverman Program, Mind of Mencia, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, and American Body Shop.

In the negotiated agreements, over 30 writers for the Comedy Central

Network will receive Writers Guild compensation levels, pension and

health benefits, credits, and a residual formula for reuse (including

DVD, basic cable, and Internet).

"I'm so proud to be one of the

writers who stood together to demand fair and just treatment," said

Jeff Schimmel, a supervising producer of Mind of Mencia. "I

feel good about what we were able to accomplish not just for us but for

the Comedy Central writers I've never met, who in the future will also

benefit from our efforts."

Writers of Comedy Central's New York-based hits The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report

won WGA contracts earlier this year. With the new contracts, the WGA

now covers every live action show currently in production on Comedy

Central.

"This is an important and historic achievement coming

only weeks before our industry-wide negotiations begin," said Patric M.

Verrone, president of the WGAW. "I'm sure all writers share my

gratitude for the fortitude and tenacity of our Comedy Central

colleagues, which resulted in an excellent agreement. This success only

increases our commitment to win a contract for the writers of Comedy

Central's newest hit, Lil Bush, and Reno 911."

"These

contracts show what's possible when the companies come to the table and

are willing to negotiate," said Chris Albers, president of the WGAE.

"We hope this is a sign of things to come."

"The writers and

showrunners working together made this happen, and the WGA and the

greater comedy community supported us," said Dan Sterling, showrunner

of The Sarah Silverman Program. "Doug Herzog and Comedy Central

have demonstrated they are supportive of talent by negotiating a fair

and reasonable agreement that shows respect for writers."

Comedy Central Writers Win WGA Contract

Comedy Central

A landmark deal has been reached between Viacom's Comedy Central and

Writers Guild East and Writers Guild West, covering writers of four of

the network's top shows, including The Sarah Silverman Program, Mind of Mencia, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, and American Body Shop.

In the negotiated agreements, over 30 writers for the Comedy Central

Network will receive Writers Guild compensation levels, pension and

health benefits, credits, and a residual formula for reuse (including

DVD, basic cable, and Internet).

"I'm so proud to be one of the

writers who stood together to demand fair and just treatment," said

Jeff Schimmel, a supervising producer of Mind of Mencia. "I

feel good about what we were able to accomplish not just for us but for

the Comedy Central writers I've never met, who in the future will also

benefit from our efforts."

Writers of Comedy Central's New York-based hits The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report

won WGA contracts earlier this year. With the new contracts, the WGA

now covers every live action show currently in production on Comedy

Central.

"This is an important and historic achievement coming

only weeks before our industry-wide negotiations begin," said Patric M.

Verrone, president of the WGAW. "I'm sure all writers share my

gratitude for the fortitude and tenacity of our Comedy Central

colleagues, which resulted in an excellent agreement. This success only

increases our commitment to win a contract for the writers of Comedy

Central's newest hit, Lil Bush, and Reno 911."

"These

contracts show what's possible when the companies come to the table and

are willing to negotiate," said Chris Albers, president of the WGAE.

"We hope this is a sign of things to come."

"The writers and

showrunners working together made this happen, and the WGA and the

greater comedy community supported us," said Dan Sterling, showrunner

of The Sarah Silverman Program. "Doug Herzog and Comedy Central

have demonstrated they are supportive of talent by negotiating a fair

and reasonable agreement that shows respect for writers."