The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and ITV Entertainment have reached a deal for writers on ABC format The Chase, marking the end of a near two week-long strike.
“ITV Entertainment and the WGAE are pleased to have come to terms for writers on The Chase to be represented by the WGAE and for the show to be covered by the Minimum Basic Agreement,” WGAE and ITV Entertainment said in a joint statement. “We are in agreement that fair and positive work practices are essential to our industry and that, especially during the ongoing battle of the pandemic, the priority is to keep production going and to ensure that people can do their work and build sustainable careers. We are glad to have come to terms and that the process is completed.”
On March 24, the Guild announced that The Chase writers had initiated a strike after ITV Entertainment did not agree to cover the show by its Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA), which the WGAE said guarantees writers provisions such as health and pension benefits and residuals. In response, ITV Entertainment said via a statement that it had “proposed a package for the writers that includes generous, over scale pay increases and health benefits through the WGA” but that the Guild was “refusing to make a deal and insisting on terms that would economically cripple the show.”
The strike was the latest example of tensions between the WGA and ITV in the U.S. that have simmered over the last several years.
In 2015, WGAE representatives and other unions congregated outside the Realscreen Summit to protest ITV Studios and urge the company to reach a collective bargaining agreement covering its non-fiction producers and writers.
WGA East and West represent writers at shows such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Weakest Link.
(With files from Barry Walsh)