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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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