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CBS News Employees Ratify New WGA Pact

By | Saturday December 11, 2010 @ 7:22am PST

NEW YORK CITY and LOS ANGELES – Members of the Writers Guilds of America, East and West (WGAE and WGAW) employed at CBS News have ratified their new collective bargaining agreement soundly. The vote was: 83 % yes; 17% no. The three-year contract covers newswriters, writer/producers, editors, desk assistants, production assistants, graphic artists, and promotion writers working in television and radio on the national and local levels in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

The contract, which runs from April 2, 2010 through April 6, 2013, provides solid economic support for members. CBS News staff employees will now be eligible for the Writers Guild pension fund, and the Guilds negotiated minimums for writer-producers for the first time. The contract also establishes minimum representation percentages at local television shops for the first time, guaranteeing the Guilds have a meaningful presence at CBS News as the broadcast news business continues to transform.

In an era where non-guild employees face wage freezes, contract salary rates will actually increase 2% in January 2011 and another 2% in April 2012 under the new Guild contract. Freelance/per diem employees will receive two additional 1% increases over the contract term.

“We achieved our main goals of ensuring that the Guilds and our members have a solid future at CBS News and also realize economic gains. Getting members into the Guild pension plan is a major advance, and

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Writers Guild, East, 2010 Election Results

By | Friday September 17, 2010 @ 12:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The results are in for the Writers Guild of America East elections for Council seats. There were 10 open seats, six Freelance and four Staff. Elected as freelance members on the Council: Gina Gionfriddo, Andrew Bergman, Jeremy Pikser, John Auerbach, Terry George and Walter Bernstein. Elected as Staff members: Cath Twohill, Marta Gibbons, Art Daley, Ted Schreiber. All terms being immediately and run through September, 2012.

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Writers Guild East Ratifies Public Broadcasting Deal

By | Wednesday September 8, 2010 @ 2:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Public Television writers repped by Writers Guild of America have unanimously ratified a new four-year contract. Deal covers writers who script content for the three major producers of public TV programming, WGBH, WNET and KCET, plus smaller companies that generate content for PBS. Made-for-internet programming is covered for the first time, in this deal, which calls for 2% rate increases in the second year, and 2.75% in the third and fourth years.

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WGAE To Hold Web Series Summer Camp

By | Wednesday August 18, 2010 @ 1:30pm PDT

WHAT: The WGAE is holding the first “Web Series Summer Camp” – a day-long event featuring workshops, a screening, and networking opportunities for web series writers and producers. The event is open to experienced web series writers and producers and also novices serious about creating original, quality content for new media.

WHEN: Saturday, August 28, 2010

WHERE: WGAE, 250 Hudson Street, New York City

WHO: Leaders in digital media, the New York entertainment community, and the legal community will be among those leading the day’s workshops.

WHY: “Web Series Summer Camp” is part of the WGAE’s continuing Writers Guild 2.0 initiative, which includes seminars and events for current and prospective members, a job training program, and a sustained organizing effort in digital media.

REGISTER: “Web Series Summer Camp” is open to WGAE members, as well as non-members. For more information, contact Ursula Lawrence, WGAE strategic organizer, at

10:00 AM: Welcome by WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson
10:30 AM: Demystifying Branded Content
Speaker: Wilson Cleveland – senior vice president and principal of media and content development of CJP Digital
10:30 AM: Legal Basics and Intellectual Property Online
Speaker: Laverne Berry – entertainment lawyer and president of NY Women in Film and Television
11:30 AM: Monetization and Promotion
Speaker: Josh Cohen – co-founder of and CIO of Tubefilter
1:00 PM: Festival Basics
1:00 PM: Introduction to the International Academy of Web Television
Speaker: Ned Canty – festival director of New York Television Festival
1:00 PM: Working with Guild Agreements
Speaker: Connie Best –

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2010-2011 Writers Guild Awards Timeline

By | Monday July 26, 2010 @ 10:40am PDT

Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced that the 2011 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York to honor outstanding writing in film, television, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation awards categories. Here’s the 2010-2011 timeline:

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