WGA seeks to unionise writers of the reality TV genre

MUMBAI: The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) is organising an industry-wide campaign. The aim is to organise writers, producers, and editors of American reality TV shows.

Since last month when more than 500 people attended an organising meeting at the WGA theater in Beverly Hills, the guild has received nearly 1,000 signed authorization cards from writers, producers, and editors who work in reality television and want to be represented by the WGAw. Based on this overwhelming response by a majority of those working in the reality field, the WGA sent a demand letter for recognition to all of the major reality production companies. Unfortunately not one company has agreed to negotiate.

NWGA president Daniel Petrie Jr says, "This is why we now are taking our campaign public. The creative men and women who make reality television possible work without health and pension benefits or minimum salary protections or residuals. They often work under oppressive conditions, among them near universal indifference to and noncompliance with state and federal overtime laws. The Writers Guild is committed to seeing the end of this 'Holly-Mart."

These storytellers have united to change these practices once and for all, and they have the full support of our membership. Currently, we are reaching out to our members to keep them apprised of recent campaign developments. Nine thousand members of the WGA will receive a special 'Reality TV Extra' issue of our newsletter, which tells the stories of the writers, producers, and editors who help create these successful shows."

Petrie says that companies that are signatory to the basic agreement have chosen to engage in non-union production of reality TV. he accused the conglomerates, the broadcast and cable networks, and the reality production companies that reap the profits from licensing and product integration deals of ignoring the rights of the men and women who work for them.

"The responsible reaction for these companies would be to sit down with the WGA and bargain a fair contract covering these writers, producers, and editors. Collective bargaining is the right of all employees as American citizens.

"We sincerely hope that the industry agrees to sit down immediately and right these wrongs. The people working in reality TV deserve the protections of health and pension benefits, minimum salary, fair working conditions, and residuals  just like everyone else in the industry. If the industry refuses, we are prepared to take the actions necessary to achieve our goals and to assist the reality TV workforce as they seek enforcement of state and federal overtime laws."


Latest Reads
Republic TV to track real-time data for Gujarat elections

MUMBAI: Republic TV has partnered data-science company Gramener to track real-time data, along with analysis, during the Gujarat elections. According to a release sent by Republic TV, “Gramener will help enhance the visual look both on-air and on Republic’s digital platforms to present the data in...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Nakul Chopra is new BARC chairman

MUMBAI: Nakul Chopra, currently president of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and senior advisor of Publicis Communications, has been elected as the next chairman of BARC India. Chopra succeeds Viacom18 group CEO Sudhanshu Vats, who has completed his one-year tenure as chairman.

Television TV Channels Viewership
Nitin Kukreja joins iQuest

Former Star India sports head Nitin Kukreja has joined iQuest Enterprises as its chief executive officer. Kukreja had left Star in March this year. IQuest is an enterprise of Nimmagadda Prasad, the former owner of the Maa TV group, who has multiple business interests ranging from infrastructure to...

Television TV Channels Sports
Sun TV's unassailable lead continues, while Zee TV leads Hindi across genre

BENGALURU: The Sun network's flagship Tamil general entertainment channel (GEC) Sun TV continued its lead in ratings across all GECs on Indian television for week 48 of 2017 (25 November to 1 December 2017) according to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) weekly ratings data

Television TV Channels GECs
Republic TV, BTVI join hands for budget coverage

MUMBAI: Republic TV, spearheaded by Arnab Goswami, and Business Television India (BTVI) have entered into an alliance for content and programming around Union Budget 2018. The Republic TV- BTVI alliance promises to offer viewers a distinctive experience.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Mairu Gupta and the art of building the NBA in India

MUMBAI: For basketball fans worldwide, the US National Basketball Association (NBA) represents the mecca of the sport. But in India, the NBA has had its task cut out, what with cricket presenting a near impenetrable line of defence.

Television TV Channels Sports
CNN-News18 'Indian of the year' 2017 special Telecast on 9 and 10 December

MUMBAI: The awards night of the annual and flagship initiative of CNN-News18, ‘Indian of the Year – 2017’ will be telecasted on the 9 and 10 of December at 9:30 PM on the channel. The initiative, whichrecognizes and awards the exceptional contribution and achievements of the iconic Indian citizens...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Music channels bet on shows to boost viewership

MUMBAI: Seems like music channels are playing second fiddle to online music platforms when it comes to playing tracks. In an attempt to grab more eyeballs, pure-play music channels on television are moving away from the music content and focusing more on the youth-centric shows.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
Zee TV leads Hindi GECs in week 48 of Barc ratings

MUMBAI: Zee TV emerged as the leader among Hindi general entertainment channels (urban + rural) dethroning Zee Anmol, according to Broadcast Audience Research Council’s (BARC) all-India data for week 48.

Television TV Channels GECs

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories