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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.
“Our goal in organizing writer-producers in nonfiction TV is to enhance »
- Dave McNary
Profits may be up 20% at its UK parent company, but ITV Studios America today found its relationship with the Writers Guild of America East taking a steep fall. As contract talks between the two parties grind on, the scribe guild claims that ITV Studios America has been depriving about 150 of its writers and producers of up to $30,000 a year in deserved overtime pay on its unscripted shows including A&E’s The First 48, Nat Geo Wild’s Cesar 911 and TLC’s Four Weddings. The WGA East says that up until two weeks ago, the Sherman Oaks- and NYC-based company has been making employees put in 60- to 80-hour weeks without any of the compensation that are entitled to under federal and state laws. Under pressure from the guild, the company began giving associate producers overtime pay two weeks ago and not retroactively. That’s only a partial solution, says the WGA East. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
The Writers Guild of America East has unionized about 150 producers, coordinating producers, associate producers and writers at Sharp Entertainment.
The WGA said Tuesday that the writer-producers at Sharp’s non-fiction shows — including “Doomsday Preppers,” “Property Wars” and “Call of the Wildman” — have voted to be represented by the guild. The union said the WGA has been certified by the National Labor Relations Board to be the collective bargaining representative.
Region 2 of the Nlrb conducted a representation election by mail ballot and by in-person vote in January and ballots were counted on Feb. 3.
“We anticipate entering a collective bargaining agreement with Sharp that includes the provisions we have won for writer-producers employed by other nonfiction TV production companies,” WGA East Executive Director Lowell Peterson said.
The WGA East had announced in November that the Sharp employees had filed for unionization. Around the same time, the guild also announced that writers and »
- Dave McNary
If recent viewing trends hold, about 100 million people -- more than a quarter of the entire population of the country -- will watch Super Bowl Xlviii on Sunday (Feb. 2) and then talk about it for days afterward.
But though it may seem that way, it's not the only thing on TV Sunday. The other broadcast networks are taking the night off, but there are marathons and stunts aplenty elsewhere on your channel guide -- and even a couple of original shows. If you're not watching the game, consider these options (all times Eastern).
PBS: "Downton Abbey" (9 p.m.) and "Sherlock" (10 p.m.). PBS has aired new episodes of "Downton" each of the past three years opposite the Super Bowl and pulled in respectable ratings each time. "Sherlock" has its Season 3 finale.
TCM: "And the Oscar Goes to ..." (10 p.m./7 p.m. Pt). A history of the Academy Awards »
The 10-year company veteran is being promoted from Evp Development, Production and Operations for New York. As ITV Studios America‘s COO, East Coast, Patrice Andrews will continue to manage the company’s ops in the region. She joined the production company behind The First 48 and Four Weddings in 2004 after stints at A&E, MetroTV and Discovery Channel. Andrews will report to ITV Studios America President Orly Adelson. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Moody will serve as senior vice president, programming, planning and acquisitions for Fyi and Lmn, and Fleury will be VP of programming and development at Lmn. Both will report to Fyi and Lmn head Jana Bennett, who made the announcement Wednesday.
“I am confident that these multi-talented executives, tapped from within A+E Networks, will bring a breadth of experience and enormous intelligence to these important new leadership roles at Fyi and Lmn,” Bennett said in a statement. “Both Tom and Laura bring a track record of significant accomplishment to the table. Their vision, instincts and passion will be instrumental as we build these two brands into powerful platforms.”
Moody, who has been with A+E Networks since 2001, will oversee program planning, strategy and acquisitions for Fyi and Lmn. »
- Alex Stedman
A+E Networks has tapped Thomas Moody as Svp Programming, Planning & Acqusitions for Fyi and Lmn and Laura Fleury has been upped to VP Programming and Development, Lmn. Jana Bennett, President of Fyi and Lmn announced the new positions today which are effective immediately. Both will report to Bennett. Moody has been with A+E Networks since 2001. In his new role, he will oversee program planning, strategy and acquisitions for both Fyi and Lmn. He was previously responsible for developing and implementing the scheduling and acquisition strategies for A&E and Bio. In addition, Moody has also developed and/or served as an executive producer on A+E Networks shows including Hoarders, Private Sessions, Biography, and Celebrity Ghost Stories. As VP Programmming and Development for Lmn, Fleury will oversee all original programming for the network. She has been with A+E Networks for over 15 years. In her previous role, Fleury »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Talking to the Television Critics Association, the team behind The Americans promised the second season begins with a threeway sex scene between Elizabeth, Phillip and… someone to be revealed later.
FX announced that the next season of Justified, will be the final season. On one hand, I have to applaud a show for knowing when to go out on a high note (and it’s getting harder to understand what holds Raylan in Harlan). On the other, it’s tough to say goodbye, especially for a show that puts Timothy Olyphant on my TV screen.
That crow looks even more ominous now.
Hilary Duff has joined the cast of Darren Star‘s TV Land pilot Younger, according to Deadline. The pilot stars Sutton Foster as a woman in her 40s who manages to reinvent herself as a 29-year-old career woman. Duff will play a co-worker who also spends a »
- Lyle Masaki
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