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June 17, 2014

Highlights From “Writing Disabled Characters” Panel (VIDEO)

The Writers Guild of America, East. in partnership with the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, presented a panel on "Writing Disabled Characters" on June 10. The panel was hosted by Tom Fontana (OZ, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET) and featured writers from THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW, LAW & ORDER and DRAGON TALES. You […]

June 16, 2014

Diversity-focused Hollywood Creative Forum East happens June 19

On June 19, Writers Guild of America, East’s partners with The Walter Kaitz Foundation and The American Black Film Festival to present the HOLLYWOOD CREATIVE FORUM EAST. The program is meant to help build and promote diversity in television and film by generating a new and innovative program for its 18th annual American Black Film Festival […]

June 9, 2014

Writer-Producers at Original Media Will Vote To Join WGAE

The writer-producers employed by New York nonfiction TV production company Original Media (Ink Master, BBQ Pitmasters) will vote whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.  Ballots will be counted the second week of July. Read the full press release here.

May 13, 2014

Executive Director’s Report

WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson reviews the last twelve months and the Guild’s substantial gains in both our core jurisdiction and in areas that have not historically been Guild-covered. Read the full May 2014 Executive Director’s Report to Council and Members here.

May 7, 2014

2014 MBA Signatory Application

A signatory company is an employer that has signed a collective bargaining agreement with WGA. Any company intending to employ a Guild member or option, or purchase literary material from a Guild member must become signatory to the Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement. Signatory companies range from the industry’s biggest film studios to independent production companies, […]

May 5, 2014

Interview with David Javerbaum (Maya Rudolph Show, The Daily Show)

The WGAE Write On Blog interviewed David Javerbaum. Javerbaum’s work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, A Colbert Christmas and the Tony Awards has earned him two Writers Guild Awards, 13 Emmys, two Peabodys, a Grammy, the Thurber Prize and numerous other accolades. We spoke with the writer, lyricist and satirist while he’s working as […]

May 2, 2014

Gary Lennon’s ‘Dates and Nuts’ Announces West Coast Premiere

Gary Lennon (Orange is the New Black) proudly announces the West Coast premiere of his sweet and crazy romantic comedy Dates and Nuts on May 31 at Bootleg Theater.   Eve, an animal rights activist in Brooklyn searches for love in the dating jungle of New York City after just being dumped by her fiancé—for […]

May 1, 2014

WGAE Negotiates Collective Bargaining Agreement with Sharp Entertainment

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced it has negotiated a collective bargaining agreement with Sharp Entertainment, LLC, one of the largest nonfiction television production companies in New York. Sharp produces shows for cable television such as Doomsday Preppers, Man vs. Food, and Bad Ink.  There are currently about 70 bargaining unit employees; in the […]

May 1, 2014

Screenwriters Workshop Looking For New Members

Looking for a supportive writers group where you can get solid feedback on your new script? The Screenwriters Workshop at the WGAE has been meeting for four years and is looking for new members. The Workshop has openings for screenwriters/television writers/web writers who are actively working on new projects, including full or partial scripts, treatments, […]

April 30, 2014

Writers Guild Members Ratify New Contract

We are pleased to announce that our joint memberships have ratified our new contract with the AMPTP by an overwhelming majority of 98.5 percent. The new three-year deal commences on May 2, 2014 and remains in effect until May 1, 2017. You can read the full press release here. We achieved important gains in this agreement […]