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Tuesday June 30, 2015

WGAE & Optomen Production Agree To New Three-Year Contract

NEW YORK, NY (JUNE 29, 2015) – The Writers Guild of America, East is pleased to announce it has negotiated a new three-year contract with Optomen Productions, which makes nonfiction programs for cable television networks.

Three years ago Optomen became the first nonfiction production company to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the WGAE, and it is now the first to negotiate a renewal agreement.

The new agreement includes a significantly shorter waiting period to become eligible for health insurance, improvements to the health benefits themselves, more accrued paid time off, a new overtime provision, and pay increases for writer-producers earning the contractual minimum rate.

“When we started organizing in nonfiction TV several years ago we knew it would take time to construct a solid foundation on which writer-producers could build solid careers,” said Writers Guild of America, East Executive Director Lowell Peterson.  “As it did three years ago, Optomen negotiated in good faith, demonstrating its commitment to a high road strategy of respecting the work and contribution of the men and women who create the company’s shows.”

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

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