WGA East to Livestream from Vox Media’s First Union Bargaining Session

Writers Guild of America East
WGA East to Livestream from Vox Media’s First Union Bargaining Session

NEW YORK, NY (APRIL 10, 2018) – In an act of transparency, the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) will livestream the Vox Media Bargaining Committee’s caucus meeting prior to its very first collective bargaining session with management on Wednesday, April 11th at 1:30pm EST.

The livestream will be broadcast on the Vox Media Bargaining Committee’s twitter account at @Vox_Union. In addition, Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, will be tweeting insights on collective bargaining during the livestream on the Guild’s account at @WGAEast.

The livestream will provide unprecedented access into the collective bargaining process and showcase what gains could be achieved through joining a union. At the caucus meeting, Guild staff and members of the Vox Media Bargaining Committee located in New York and Washington, D.C. will review important issues that will be discussed at the bargaining table, including editorial independence, company transparency, job protection and inclusion and equity.

In January, Vox Media agreed to recognize the WGAE as the collective bargaining representative of approximately 400 creative professionals employed at its eight verticals – Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SBNation, The Verge and Vox.com – and Video Services.

Executive Director Peterson said, “Collective bargaining is about building power in the workplace and engaging people in the decisions that affect their work lives and careers. By live streaming its initial caucus the Vox Media Bargaining Committee demonstrates the importance of engagement and transparency. This is a great way to get negotiations off to a powerful start.”

The Vox Media Bargaining Committee said, “Livestreaming our Vox Media Union caucus on the first day of collective bargaining is a way to ensure our union remains transparent. We’ve worked hard to build strength and unity across Vox Media’s eight verticals and video services to guarantee a seat at the negotiating table. Our union gives us the opportunity to look out for each other, and we want to our coworkers and the broader community to see what we’re accomplishing.”

The WGAE has organized over 1,000 content creators in the digital news industry since 2015. In addition to Vox Media, the WGAE represents digital news staffs at Onion Inc. (The Onion, A/V Club, ClickHole), HuffPost, VICE, The Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Slate.

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.
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Samantha Bee, Chris Gethard, John Oliver and 150 Comedy/Variety Writers Stand In Solidarity with Onion Inc.

Writers Guild of America East

Samantha Bee, Chris Gethard, John Oliver and 150 Comedy/Variety Writers Stand In Solidarity with Onion Inc.

NEW YORK, NY (APRIL 6, 2018) – John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Chris Gethard, Jon Glasser, Robert Carlock and The Onion’s former editor Joe Randazzo are among the over 150 comedy/variety television writers who are publicly supporting Onion Inc. unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

Last week, the editorial and video staff at Onion Inc., which operates the popular satire, culture and humor sites The Onion, A/V Club and Clickhole, announced that over 90% of its staff had voted through a card check to unionize with the WGAE. Management has yet to voluntarily recognize the Guild as the staff’s collective bargaining representative.

The solidarity statement reads, “We are proud to welcome the creative staff of Onion, Inc. to the Writers Guild of America, East. Amid rapid media and political changes, media professionals continue to stand together to uphold and improve working conditions and freedom of creative expression. Our work is collaborative and standing together as union members is a logical expression of that collaboration. As comedy and entertainment writers, we applaud Onion Inc.’s inclusionary vision—with The Onion, ClickHole, The A.V. Club, Onion Labs, and the essential contributions of Onion Inc.’s video and art departments—coming together to build a union. We’re thrilled to stand with our colleagues.”

You can see the full list of people who signed the solidarity letter here.

Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said, “Solidarity is a fundamental part of our union’s strength.  Our members collaborate in their work and in their union, and we are proud that the editorial and production employees at Onion, Inc. will become part of this community of creative professionals.”

In addition to Onion Inc., the WGAE represents digital-first editorial and video staffs at Gizmodo Media Group, Vox Media, HuffPost, VICE, The Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon.

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST
The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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Onion Inc. to Unionize with Writers Guild of America, East

NEW YORK, NY (MARCH 29, 2018) – The editorial and video staffs at The Onion, A/V Club and Clickhole have unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). An overwhelming majority of the staff have signed union cards and called on management to voluntarily recognize the Guild as its collective bargaining representative.

Onion Inc., which operates the popular satire, culture and humor sites The Onion, A/V Club and Clickhole, is part of the Fusion Media Group. The Guild currently represents editorial and video staffs at the Fusion owned Gizmodo Media Group, which includes sites Splinter News, The Root, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik and Earther.

In 2011, comedy/variety writers for The Onion’s satirical television news show, Onion News Network, joined the Writers Guild of America, East. The show aired for two seasons on IFC.

In addition to Onion Inc., the WGAE represents digital-first editorial and video staffs at Vox Media, HuffPost, VICE, The Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon. In 2010, writers for cbs2chicago.com, the website for Chicago’s CBS station WBBM, became the first news writer-producers working solely on Internet content to join the Guild.

Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, wrote, “We welcome the editorial and production employees at Onion, Inc. to the movement for collective bargaining in digital media.  Working together, we can build power and make concrete gains in the workplace as we have at GMG and across the digital media landscape.”

“Onion Inc. is unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. By organizing, we intend to protect the culture and values that make Onion Inc. a singularly great place to work and establish a formal means by which the employees have a collective and meaningful voice in our workplace. We’ve seen the positive effects of unions across digital media newsrooms, especially at our Gizmodo Media Group sister sites, and believe Onion Inc. will similarly benefit,” wrote the Onion Inc. Organizing Committee. “As we continue to work with Univision and Fusion Media Group, we are unionizing to establish transparency and open communication around the high-level decisions being made that affect Onion Inc. A union will ensure that Onion Inc. remains a place that attracts and retains talented people, upholds opportunities for professional growth, and continues to be the most widely read, most lucrative, and most respected media company that has ever existed in the history of the written word.”

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST
The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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2018 Writers Guild Awards: Winners Announced

2018 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS
WINNERS ANNOUNCED 

New York and Los Angeles (February 11, 2018) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) tonight announced the winners of the 2018 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio/audio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at concurrent ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

FILM WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic

TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS

DRAMA SERIES

The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

COMEDY SERIES

Veep, Written by Gabrielle Allan, Rachel Axler, Ted Cohen, Jennifer Crittenden, Alex Gregory, Steve Hely, Peter Huyck, Erik Kenward, Billy Kimball, David Mandel, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Dan Mintz, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith; HBO

NEW SERIES

The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

ORIGINAL LONG FORM

Flint, Written by Barbara Stepansky; Lifetime

ADAPTED LONG FORM

Big Little Lies, Teleplay by David E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Liane Moriarty; HBO

ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA

“Starboy” (Zac & Mia), Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts; go90.com

ANIMATION 

“Time’s Arrow” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Kate Purdy; Netflix

EPISODIC DRAMA

“Chicanery” (Better Call Saul), Written by Gordon Smith; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY

“Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace), Written by Tracy Poust Jon Kinnally; NBC

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, Ben Silva, Seena Vali; HBO

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker, Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Neal Brennan, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres; NBC Universal

COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS

39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Dave Boone; CBS

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael AgbabianAlex ChauvinAnn Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

DAYTIME DRAMA

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly AltmanJean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (American Girl), Written by May Chan; Amazon

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“Confronting ISIS” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Great War, Part II” (American Experience), Written by Stephen Ives; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“White Helmets” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes), Written by Steve Kroft, Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS News

DIGITAL NEWS

“The Super Predators,” Written by Melissa JeltsenDana Liebelson; Huffingtonpost.com

RADIO/AUDIO WINNERS

RADIO/AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

“CBS Radio 90th Anniversary,” Written by Dianne E. JamesGail Lee; CBS News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS

PROMOTIONAL WINNERS

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)

“CBS Comedy,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television

VIDEOGAME WINNER

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben SchroderAnne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee WarrickMeg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

The WGAE’s East Coast Ceremony was hosted by writer and comic Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Presenters who appeared in New York City included Golden Globe-winner Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); Emmy Award-winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale); SAG Award-winner Anna Chlumsky (Veep); Academy Award-nominee Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird); two-time Emmy Award-winner Jane Pauley (CBS News Sunday Morning); Writers Guild Award-nominee Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show); late night host Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede); actress-writer Julie Klausner (Difficult People); late night host Jordan Klepper (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper); and correspondent-writer Laura Grey (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper).

The WGAE presented three honorary awards at the East Coast ceremony. It was a reunion for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alums as Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch presented Tina Fey and Robert Carlock with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence and Mentorship. Ken Burns presented the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement to his long-time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward (The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts, The Civil War). Courtney Simon (As the World Turns) presented the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild to Hamilton Nolan (Splinter News / Gizmodo Media Group).

Attendees at the WGAE’s show included the Guild’s President and House of Cards creator Beau WillimonCall Me By Your Name author André Aciman; The Disaster Artist co-screenwriter Michael H. Weber; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks writer-director George C. Wolfe; late night host Seth MeyersFeud: Bette and Joan writer-producer Michael ZamThe Deuce writer-producer George PelecanosUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress Ellie Kemper; The President Show actor and executive producer Adam PallyThe Americans creators Joe Weisberg and Joel FieldsLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit creator Warren LeightOz creator Tom FontanaDirty Dancing screenwriter Eleanor BergsteinDoonesbury creator Garry Trudeau; acclaimed actor Lawrence Arancio; SAG-AFTRA’s Senior Advisor John McGuire; Teamsters Local 817 President Tommy J. O’Donnell; IATSE International President Matthew Loeb; Writers Guild Initiative President Michael Weller; and former WGAE Presidents Chris Albers and Michael Winship.

Emmy and Grammy-winning actor-writer-comedian Patton Oswalt (Happy!, A.P. Bio, Annihilation) hosted the WGAW’s West Coast ceremony. Presenters who appeared in Los Angeles included: Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Glenn Close (Damages, Albert Nobbs); Golden Globe-nominated actress Alison Brie (GLOW, The Post, The Disaster Artist); Emmy-nominated Better Call Saul star, The Post co-star and Emmy-winning writer Bob Odenkirk; Oscar-nominated Lady Bird screenwriter-director Greta Gerwig; Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated actress and Speechless co-star Minnie Driver; Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, Manhunt: Unabomber, Criminal Minds, Glee); Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sir Patrick Stewart (Logan, Blunt Talk); Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning writer Wanda Sykes (black-ish); Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Terry Crews; SAG Awards-nominated Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star and WGA-nominated Parks and Recreation writer Chelsea Peretti; The Jim Jefferies Show star Jim JefferiesLA to Vegas star and Golden Globe-winning actor Dylan McDermott; Emmy-winning comedian-actress-writer Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, Bob’s Burgers); Emmy-winning comedian-actress Kathy Griffin (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List); Tim Meadows (The Goldbergs, Bob’s Burgers, SNL)Ivory Aquino (When We Rise); Rob Riggle (Angie Tribeca, Modern Family, SNL); producers Doug Wick & Lucy Fisher (Divergent, The Great Gatsby); and a live performance by Puddles Pity Party.

In addition, the WGAW presented several honorary awards during its West Coast ceremony: Emmy-winning Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story star Glenn Close presented the WGAW’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement to Emmy-winning writer-producer Alison Cross (Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Roe vs. Wade, S.W.A.T.); Doug Wick & Lucy Fisher presented the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement to Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director-producer James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets); When We Rise co-star Ivory Aquino presented the WGAW’s Valentine Davies Award to Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter and LGBTQ rights activist Dustin Lance Black (Milk, When We Rise) for his social activism which has positively impacted the LGBTQ community; Washington Post Editor Martin “Marty” Baron presented the WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award to The Post screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, whose Post screenplay embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties, including the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

Attendees at the WGAW’s show included: The Big Sick co-screenwriter/star Kumail Nanjiani and co-screenwriter Emily V. GordonBig Little Lies creator David E. Kelley and actress Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies, mother!); TV host Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live, 90th Academy Awards); Oscar-nominated Get Out screenwriter/director Jordan Peele; Oscar-nominated The Shape of Water co-screenwriter/director Guillermo del Toro & co-screenwriter Vanessa TaylorGet Out co-stars Bradley Whitford and Catherine KeenerMolly’s Game screenwriter Aaron SorkinGood Behavior co-star Joey Kern; The Honorable Adam Schiff; L.A. City Councilman Paul KoretzThe OA co-creator/star Brit MarlingCall Me by Your Name screenwriter James IvoryNathan For You co-creator/star Nathan Fielder; and Portlandia writer-star Carrie Brownstein. In addition, the Guild commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Hollywood Blacklist, honoring Blacklist survivors Marsha Hunt and Norma Barzman who were in attendance.

Production credits for the WGAE’s show included: Co-Executive Producers Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker; Head Writer Ann B. Cohen; Writers Ashley Nicole Black, David Steven Cohen, Timothy Cooper, Bonnie Datt, Tarik Davis, Alex English, Ziwe Fumudoh, Jenny Hagel, Don Hooper, Shantira Jackson, Dewayne Perkins, Dan Perlman, Amber Ruffin, Bill Scheft, Craig Shemin and Shannon Walker; Line Producer LBI Audio, Video & Scenic Solutions; and Clips/Tribute Reels Craig Shemin.

Production credits for the WGAW’s show included: Executive Producer Hugh Fink; Producers Tara Power and Joselyn Allen; Co-Producer Kelly Brock; Director Nick Murray; Head Writer Joe O’Brien; Writers Hugh FinkDanielle KoenigEd LeeJanine BritoMike DruckerGerry DugganMatt Oswalt; Creative Consultant Shelly Goldstein; Line Producer Shannon Walden; and Production Designer Chris Giammalvo.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The 2018 Writers Guild Awards (70th Annual) were presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in New York City at the Edison Ballroom and in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton . For more information about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wgaeast.org and www.wga.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 WGA New York City show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or email: jgordon@wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 WGA Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4651 or email: gmitchell@wga.org.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America West, visit www.wga.org.

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UK-Based “Reality” TV Production Company Exploits Connecticut Tax Credit

UK-Based “Reality” TV Production Company Exploits Connecticut Tax Credit

Stamford, CT (February 9, 2018) – Leftfield Pictures, the nonfiction/“reality” television production company behind the massive hit shows Pawn Stars and Counting Cars, recently rented space in Stamford for one reason: to exploit the massive tax credits offered by the State of Connecticut.

In 2015, employees at Leftfield overwhelming voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, a labor union representing a critical mass of writer-producers working in nonfiction/“reality” television. The company, which has operated in New York for many years without any tax breaks, has actively fought its employees’ struggle to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that would provide affordable health benefits, meaningful pay minimums, basic union protections, and reasonable work schedules.

Not satisfied with the huge profits it reaps from the work done by its overworked and underpaid employees, the company now expects Connecticut taxpayers to hand over hundreds of thousands – or perhaps millions – of dollars to boost the bottom line of its parent company, the London-based media corporation ITV. The National Labor Relations Board has pursued multiple unfair labor practice claims against ITV’s U.S. operations.

ITV/Leftfield makes shows for A&E – which itself hauled in more than $11 million in 2016 alone from the same Connecticut tax credit.

What’s more, ITV stands to reap potentially millions more in tax goodies because Congress recently slashed the corporate tax rate. The company refuses to say whether it will simply repatriate that windfall to corporate headquarters in the UK.

“Leftfield has now rented space in Stamford, Connecticut, and employees are shuttling back and forth from New York. Why? So the company can take advantage of Connecticut’s film production tax credit,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “In other words, the British media giant is now asking Connecticut taxpayers for massive subsidies even as the company battles its employees’ union and resists reaching agreement on standard contract terms.  Is this what the Connecticut tax credit was intended to do?  Is this an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars at a time of fiscal crisis in the state?”

Lori Pelletier, President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, said, “The State of Connecticut faces real fiscal challenges, and Connecticut taxpayers deserve to know that their tax dollars are spent effectively and fairly.  It is just not acceptable for taxpayer money to subsidize multinational corporations that refuse to respect their employees’ rights.  ITV/Leftfield is part of a major multinational corporation with a record of committing unfair labor practices and of thwarting its employees’ right to a collective voice on the job; bad actors like Leftfield should not be allowed to soak Connecticut’s taxpayers.”

Stacey Zimmerman, Associate Director of SEIU – CT State Council, said, “If Connecticut is going to use tax money, it should be for good jobs where people have basic protections, the kinds of protections our union’s members have won.  ITV/Leftfield doesn’t want its employees to have a collective voice on the job, which is the only way to make sure the jobs are good, to make sure the employees can build sustainable careers.”

Julie Kushner, Director of UAW Region 9A, noted, “The State of Connecticut has to make every tax dollar count. Giving away taxpayers’ money to a multinational corporation that doesn’t respect its employees’ rights is just plain wrong. Shame on ITV/Leftfield for fighting against its employees and doing it on the state dime.”

Juan Hernandez, District Leader of 32BJ SEIU Connecticut, said, “Connecticut cannot support taxpayer subsidies for a company that battles its own employees.  If ITV/Leftfield wants to operate in Connecticut, they must honor its employees’ rights and agree to a basic contract with its employees’ union.”

Nina Sherwood, a member of Stamford’s Board of Representatives, said, “ITV/Leftfield is a huge corporation and I’m concerned that their employees, who have unionized, are not being heard. As an elected representative in Stamford I would like to know why Leftfield has not come to the table to negotiate and finalize a contract. We all benefit from a strong labor force, even management and I expect Leftfield to do what’s right by those they employ.  Leftfield is seeking to get a large monetary incentive for moving to Connecticut so they really have no excuse for this behavior.

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST
The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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Writers Guild Awards: Presenters Announced For New York Ceremony

70th Annual Writers Guild Awards:
Presenters Announced For New York Ceremony

NEW YORK, NY (January 31, 2018) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today announced the presenters confirmed to appear at the 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Presenters include Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Emmy Award winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), SAG Award winner Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird), two-time Emmy Award winner Jane Pauley (CBS News Sunday Morning), seven-time Emmy Award winner Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes), Writers Guild Award nominee Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show), Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede), Julie Klausner (Difficult People) and Jordan Klepper & Laura Grey (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper).

Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G.; 30 Rock) and Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) will present Tina Fey & Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Great News) with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence.

Ken Burns (The Vietnam War) will present the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement to his long-time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward (The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts, The Civil War).

Courtney Simon (As the World Turns) will present the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild to Hamilton Nolan (Splinter News / Gizmodo Media Group).

Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers) will host the New York Ceremony.

The New York Ceremony is sponsored in part by Vision Media, Final Draft, Elite Logistics and Fulfillment, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the W New York.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The awards will be presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in New York City at the Edison Ballroom and in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton. For more information about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wgaeast.org or www.wga.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards New York show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or jgordon@wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at (323) 782-4651 or gmitchell@wga.org.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org.

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Slate Employees Vote to Unionize with Writers Guild of America, East

Slate Employees Vote to Unionize with Writers Guild of America, East

NEW YORK, NY (January 23, 2018) — A majority of employees at Slate, a news website which has been a fixture in the digital media industry for over twenty years, voted today in favor of the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) as their representative in collective bargaining.

Slate’s management agreed to recognize the union after a vote confirmed that the majority of eligible employees voted in favor of unionizing via a third-party election.

The organizing win at Slate comes two weeks after Vox Media recognized the WGAE as the union representative for their editorial and video staff. Over 1,000 digital news staff members have joined the WGAE in the last two and a half years.

In addition to Slate and Vox Media (Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SBNation, The Verge and Vox.com), the Guild represents staffs at VICE, HuffPost, The Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon.

Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said “Employees at Slate, one of the first and finest digital-native news organizations in the country, have made themselves heard, resounding in their decision to join the movement for collective bargaining across the industry. We look forward to working together to craft a contract that addresses their concerns and ensures that they participate in the decisions that affect their professional lives.”

“We’re thrilled by the result of today’s vote, and grateful that Slate management agreed to let us conduct it in an independent and fair fashion,” said the Slate Union Organizing Committee in a statement. “This vote confirms that an overwhelming majority of Slate employees want to organize with the Writers Guild of America, East—and that they want the benefits and protections that come from union membership. As we wrote in our “Why We’re Organizing” letter more than 10 months ago, we’re all proud to work for Slate, and we believe that unionizing will help us ensure that it is the best possible place to work. We’re excited we’ll now have the chance to do just that.”

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST
The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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Vox Media Unionizes with WGA East

Vox Media Unionizes with the Writers Guild of America, East

NEW YORK, NY (January 11, 2018) – In a move that demonstrates the essential role of unions and collective bargaining in the world of digital news, Vox Media has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) as the collective bargaining representative of approximately 400 creative professionals employed on its eight verticals. Approximately 1000 content creators in the digital news industry have won bargaining rights with the WGAE since 2015.

Vox Media is a digital media company known for progressive coverage of news, technology, sports and lifestyle across its eight verticals – Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SBNation, The Verge and Vox.com. Management’s recognition of its editorial and video staff’s decision to unionize with the WGAE is the latest in a series of organizing successes in the digital media industry, and makes Vox Media the first major digital media company to recognize its employees’ union in 2018.

“The content creators at Vox Media have stood strong together throughout this process, insisting that their right to bargain collectively be respected,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “We are as proud of their solidarity as we are of the important work they do for a living, and we welcome them to the Writers Guild of America, East. We look forward to sitting down with Vox Media’s progressive management to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement that reflects the unit’s needs and aspirations and that ensures they continue to have a voice on the job.”

In a statement, the Vox Media Union Organizing Committee said, “We’re thrilled that Vox Media has chosen to recognize the Vox Media Union and our decision to organize with the Writers Guild of America, East. The company’s decision affirms what we have known since the start of our campaign: Across eight verticals, our colleagues overwhelmingly want the benefits and protections that come from union membership.

Through voluntary recognition, Vox Media has joined the growing ranks of digital media companies that understand the necessity of unions to secure basic protections for those of us who work in an always-evolving industry. As we wrote in our “Why We’re Organizing” letter three months ago, a union will give us the means to maintain what we love about working for this company, and to have a collective voice when we address anything that may change.

We’re proud to work for a company that places quality, inclusivity, collaboration, and respect among its core values. We formed the Vox Media Union because we believe that the best way to champion those values is to unionize, and we’ll continue to champion those values at the bargaining table as new members of the Writers Guild of America, East.

In addition to Vox Media, the Writers Guild of America, East represents digital news staffs at VICE, HuffPost, The Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon.

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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Writers Guild Awards: Videogame Writing Nominations Announced

2018 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS:
VIDEOGAME WRITING NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

New York and Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2017. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, External Writers Anna Megill, Hazel Monforton; Lead Narrative Designer Sachka Duval; Arkane Studios-Bethesda Softworks

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Written by Cas Ruffin, Patric M. Verrone; TinyCo

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Madden NFL 18: Longshot, Written by Michael Young, Adrian Todd Zuniga; Story by Michael Young; Tiburon/Electronic Arts

The WGA’s Videogame Writing Award honors the best qualifying script from a videogame published in the previous year. To be eligible for WGA consideration, games must have been released between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017, and feature on-screen writing credit(s). Credited videogame writers must have been or must have applied to become members of the WGA Videogame Writers Caucus at the time scripts were submitted. Work that was not produced under WGA jurisdiction was also eligible for submission. Judging for the WGA Videogame Writing Award is conducted by panels comprised of Videogame Writers Caucus members and/or Writers Guild members active in videogame writing.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The awards will be presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in New York City at the Edison Ballroom and in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton. For more information about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wgaeast.org or www.wga.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards New York show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or jgordon@wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at (323) 782-4651 or gmitchell@wga.org.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org.

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Writers Guild Awards: Screenplay Nominations Announced

New York and Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2017. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Big Sick, Written by Emily V. Gordon Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures

I, Tonya, Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

Lady Bird, Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

The Shape of Water, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Disaster Artist, Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Based on the Book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell; A24

Logan, Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold; Based on Characters from the X-Men Comic Books and Theatrical Motion Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox Film

Molly’s Game, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Molly Bloom; STX Entertainment

Mudbound, Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees; Based on the Novel by Hillary Jordan; Netflix

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Betting on Zero, Written by Theodore Braun; Gunpowder & Sky

Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic

No Stone Unturned, Written by Alex Gibney; Abramorama

Oklahoma City, Written by Barak Goodman; American Experience Films

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2017 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writers Guild of Ireland, Writers’ Guild of South Africa, New Zealand Writers Guild, Film Writers’ Association (India), La Guilde Francaise des Scénaristes (France), Scriptwriters Guild of Israel, Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma (Québec), or Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (VDD/Germany), collectively known as affiliate Guilds. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for Writers Guild Awards consideration.

Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week during 2017. Theatrical documentaries must have been produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild to be eligible for awards consideration.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The awards will be presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in New York City at the Edison Ballroom and in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton. For more information about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wgaeast.org or www.wga.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards New York show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or jgordon@wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at (323) 782-4651 or gmitchell@wga.org.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org.

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