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July 25, 2012

Lion TV, Optomen Productions Sign Collective-Bargaining Agreements with WGAE

In first-of-their-kind agreements for the non-fiction television industry, the Writers Guild of America, East has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with two major reality and documentary television production companies, Lion Television and Optomen Productions. The contracts secured after more than a year of negotiations between representatives at Lion, Optomen and WGAE are effective immediately.Click here to continue […]

May 16, 2012

101 Best-Written TV Series

From its beginnings in the 1940s through present day, American television has been shaped by the words and stories of writers. In recognition of the role of writing in sustaining this extraordinary medium, the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) are launching 101 Best Written TV Series, […]

May 10, 2012

PBS Brings ‘POV’ and ‘Independent Lens’ Back to Primetime

WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson and President Michael Winship released the following statement: “With the news that the series POV and Independent Lens will move in late October to a prime spot on the PBS schedule—Monday nights at 10—we are pleased that PBS has decided to restore independent documentaries to an airtime in its national […]

March 19, 2012

WGAE to PBS: Reverse Decision to Move “Independent Lens” and “POV” From Their Tuesday Time Slots

The Writers Guild of America, East today called on PBS to reverse its recent decision to move the award-winning independent film series “Independent Lens” and “POV” from their long-standing Tuesday time slots. The decision has led to a massive erosion of viewership. WGAE President Michael Winship urges all Guild members and supporters of independent programming and […]

February 15, 2012

The Future of Broadcast News: What WGAE Members Say

More than 175 members of the WGAE in the “staff” (that is, news) category answered a Guild questionnaire about trends in broadcast news. We want to engage in a conversation with Guild members about the future, how it will affect members and what the union should be doing about it. Although most members who answered […]

July 14, 2011

WGAE Members Nominated for Primetime, News and Documentary Emmy Awards in Writing 2011

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy SeriesLouie • Poker/Divorce • FX Networks • FX ProductionsLouis C.K., Written ByOutstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy SeriesThe Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina ProductionsBarry Julien, Head WriterStephen Colbert, WriterTom Purcell, WriterRichard Dahm, WriterMichael Brumm, WriterRob Dubbin, WriterPeter Gwinn, WriterJay […]

January 26, 2011

MBA Pattern of Demands 2011

Download the Pattern of Demands for the 2011 MBA Negotiation. Voting Deadline January 24.

September 8, 2010

Writers Guild of America Members Unanimously Ratify New Public Broadcasting Contract

NEW YORK CITY – Public television writers represented by the Writers Guild of America have ratified their new contract unanimously. The four-year agreement will take effect immediately and covers members who write content for the three major producers of public television programming, WGBH, WNET and KCET, as well as numerous other, smaller production companies that […]

July 8, 2010

Comments Before the Federal Communications Commission on its Regulatory Review of Broadcast Ownership Rules

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (the “WGAE”) represents thousands of members who write for film, television, radio, and digital media.  Our members work for major and independent studios, for the major television and radio networks and stations, and for public television, where they write, produce, edit, and create graphics for news and public […]

May 29, 2010

Women in Late Night Comedy/Variety

Female comedy writers in late night television are still a rarity, despite the fact that some of today’s top shows were co-created by women. The Writers Guild of America, East and the Paley Center for Media held a discussion exploring the challenges faced by women writing for late night Comedy/Variety. Panelists offered insider suggestions for […]