New York — The Writers Guild of America, East announced today that it reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with ABC News, covering newswriters, producers, assignment editors, promo producers, graphic artists and desk assistants. The agreement provides for 2% increases in pay each year, plus increased contributions to the WGA pension plan. The plan affects approximately 142 ABC News employees in New York and Washington, D.C. The agreement runs from February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2016, replacing the previous agreement which expired on January 31, 2013.
WGAE members will vote to ratify the tentative agreement in the next two weeks. READ MORE »
Employees who write and produce nonfiction television shows including Monsters Inside Me, Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends and Worst Cooks in America for the production company Optomen Television have voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East. Staff at three other nonfiction TV production companies have already voted for Guild representation. First contract negotiations at two of the companies, Atlas Media and Lion Television are set to begin on Thursday and Monday, respectively.