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January 15, 2009

WGAE Urges Funding For Public Broadcasting

NEW YORK CITY – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) is urging the incoming Obama administration and new Congress to increase appropriations for public broadcasting. Hundreds of the WGAE’s members write and produce programming for public television, including such important and popular series as Frontline, Nova, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, and American Experience, […]

December 12, 2008

WGAE Signs VH1’s ‘Best Week Ever’ To Guild Contract

VH1’s ‘BEST WEEK EVER’ GETS WRITERS GUILD CONTRACT   NEW YORK CITY–Writers on the VH1 comedy series “Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins” are joining  the growing ranks of New York comedy writers covered by a Writers Guild contract. The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the production company producing the show for […]

December 3, 2008

WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson Gives Writers’ Perspective on Branded Entertainment

On  December 2nd , WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson participated In a panel entitled “That’s Advertainment: The Rapid Growth Of The Branded Content Business” as part of the OnScreen Media Summit sponsored by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News magazines. Peterson urged attendees to think more carefully about “branded entertainment” strategies that go beyond sponsorship […]

October 8, 2008

WGAE and WGAW Presidents’ Letter On “House of Payne” and “The Osbournes: Loud and Dangerous

To Our Fellow Members, Last week, you may have become aware of our ongoing dispute with Tyler Perry's production companies, which fired four writers because of their efforts to organize Perry's series, House of Payne. Pickets were up at his new studio's grand opening Saturday night in Atlanta. Now, we write to inform you of […]

September 26, 2008

Writers Guild, East Members Win Primetime Emmy® Awards

Congratulations to the many members of the Writers Guild of America, East who won Emmy awards. Thank you for your contributions to the art and to our entertainment and edification. OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING GEOFFREY C. WARD, Writer               PBS The War Pride of Our Nation OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY PROGRAM […]

September 18, 2008

TV Writers Age Discrimination Cases New Developments

TV Writers Age Discrimination Cases New Developments WGA East members are eligible for monetary relief from the ICM $4.5 million settlement. Go to www.writerscase.com/icm for the complete Notice and Claim Form directed by the Court. More than 3,000 past and current WGA East members will receive a mailed Notice from the Settlement Administrator in the TV […]

August 19, 2008

Union Solidarity Bolsters NYC Truth Tour Rally

UNION SOLIDARITY MAKES NEW YORK CITY STOP ON TRUTH TOUR A GREAT SUCCESS Union support was out in force in New York City as the American Idol Truth Tour made its final stop in midtown Manhattan today. Members and leaders of the Writers Guild, East, Writers Guild, West, and Teamsters were among the approximately 150 […]

August 19, 2008

American Exploiter

The American Idol Truth Tour held its union-studded finale in New York City, protesting substandard working conditions at FremantleMedia, the producer of American Idol, America's Got Talent, Family Feud, The Price is Right and other popular shows. As a cover band played classic R&B songs from 30 years ago, the Writers Guild, Teamsters and others […]

August 13, 2008

The Amazing Reality of “Reality” TV

  Posted on The Huffington Post – August 12, 2008 | 12:23 PM (EST) First, a familiar story from America 's past. Around the previous turn of the century, the nation was plagued by sweatshops raking in outlandish earnings while their employees struggled under inhumane conditions. In one infamous example, a factory reported profits of […]

August 12, 2008

American Idol Truth Tour Comes To New York City on August 19

Dear Fellow Members of the Writers Guilds East and West: Six months have passed since the end of our remarkable, 100-day strike. We continue to build on the solidarity you created and are working together to build and strengthen our unions further through a variety of strategies and actions. To that end, we'd like to […]