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Original Media Writer-Producers Vote To Join WGA East

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 10:20am PDT

Original Media Writer-Producers Vote To Join WGA EastIn another victory for the WGA East’s ongoing campaign to organize reality TV shows, the writer-producers at Original Media have voted to be repped by the guild in collective bargaining. The vote, held under the auspices of the National Labor Relations board, was 42-9 to join. Original Media produces shows including Swamp People, Inkmaster and Stormchasers. “We look forward to sitting down with the company and negotiating a contract that will provide health benefits, paid time off, minimum compensation levels, and other basic union protections,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, in announcing voting results today.

In the last five years, the guild has negotiated contracts with three New York-based reality TV companies in Sharp Entertainment, Lion TV and Optomen Productions. It trying to get two others – ITV and Peacock Productions – to sign its contract. During recent hearings before the New York City Council, the guild presented evidence of unsafe and “sweatshop” working conditions at the city’s largely nonunion reality TV industry.

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Original Media Taps Daniel Laikind As New CEO

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 12:30pm PST
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Daniel LaikindProducer Daniel Laikind has been tapped to succeed Charlie Corwin as CEO of Original Media. The post had been vacant since October, when Corwin was named co-chairman and co-CEO of Original parent company Endemol North America. Laikind will oversee reality development, including first-run unscripted cable television programming. He will be based in Original Media’s New York office. “Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long form and short form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” Corwin said. “I love his work.” Read More »

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Editors Call Strike On History Channel’s ‘Swamp People’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 12:54pm PST

Post-production editors on History’s Swamp People walked off the job today in protest over producers trying to stymie union organizing. #STRIKE! Until further notice, Editors Guild and potential members are instructed not to service the production #SwampPeople for @History,tweeted the Motion Pictures Editors Guild this morning. The dispute between the union and producers Original Media escalated after the company allegedly was “interrogating employees about union organizing activity,” according to a post on the union’s website. Approximately 16 people walked off the job today at Hollywood Production Center. That effectively shuts down fourth-season post-production on the reality series, a source close to events tells me. The editorial crew on Swamp People is not part of the guild, but they had been talking about joining the IATSE union, the source says. “We don’t have a line out right now but that could happen soon depending on how the situation with Original evolves,” added the source. Swamp People, which follows a group of alligator hunters in Louisiana, premiered its fourth season Thursday.

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Original Media Adds Jessica Mathews, Patrick Moses As VPs

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 2:30pm PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 16, 2012) – Charlie Corwin, CEO of Original Media, announced today that agent Jessica Matthews and producer Patrick Moses have joined the company in Vice Presidential roles. Matthews will serve as Vice President of Scripted Development, heading up scripted development for film and television, while Moses will serve as Vice President of Current Series overseeing all current series, working lockstep with all aspects of production as well as supporting the development team on pilots and presentation projects.

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Original Media Hires Colleen Hall As SVP Unscripted Development

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 2:54pm PDT

Colleen Ocean Hall, who as a TV development consultant worked for the likes of Nigel Lythgoe, ABC Media and Style network, has come aboard indie producer Original Media as SVP Unscripted Development. She also was VP Alternative Programming at Katalyst Films And Television, where she helped develop eight series and three pilots in genres including hidden camera, game, reality competition and talks shows. She will report to Jay Peterson, COO and EVP of Production and Development at Original, which is behind such shows as Spike’s Ink Masters, Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project and AMC’s Comic Book Men.

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