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The Writers Guild of America East has bitterly blasted ITV Studios following fours years without success in getting the company to sign a WGA deal for ITV writers and producers.

The WGA accused ITV America, which produces reality series including Nat Geo’s “Cesar 911,” “The First 48″ on A&E and TLC’s “Four Weddings,” of “stealing” an average $30,000 annually from each of its writers and producers.

The guild made the accusations after parent company ITV reporting a 30% increase in profits for 2013.

A rep for ITV responded by saying, “ITV Studios America is in ongoing talks with the WGA East and have no further comment at this stage.”

The WGA East said its survey showed conditions of ITV’s sets to be “grueling,” with writers and producers forced to work 10 hours per day, six and seven days per week.

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