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WGA East inks contract with Lion TV

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) has negotiated a three-year agreement with the nonfiction prodco Lion TV. The agreement includes increased minimum pay rates, a shorter wait to become eligible ...
December 13, 2016

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) has negotiated a three-year agreement with the nonfiction prodco Lion TV.

The agreement includes increased minimum pay rates, a shorter wait to become eligible for health benefits, and a provision that clarifies when paid time begins on field production days, according to a statement from the union.

The contract also provides associate producers and other nonexempt employees with time-and-a-half pay for time worked after 40 hours in a week, the union said.

With offices in the London, Glasgow and New York, Lion’s unscripted production stable includes Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab (pictured), PBS’s History Detectives and Investigation Discovery’s Dead on Arrival.

“Lion was one of the first nonfiction production companies to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the WGAE and we are pleased to continue our productive relationship,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East in a statement.

In addition to Lion TV, the Guild represents writer-producers at Leftfield Entertainment, Original Media, Kirkstall Road Enterprises, Sharp Entertainment and Optomen Prods.

In November, the union set up pickets in New York in an effort to push Leftfield to commit to minimum pay rates for writer-producers. 

Leftfield called the actions at the time an “unprofessional attempt to garner attention.” 

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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