- Writers Guild of America, East
name= Writers Guild of America, East
AFL-CIO, IAWG, UNI, IFJ
members= 3,770 (2006)
New York, NY
Michael Winship[http://www.cencom.org/bios.aspx?id=2452] , President Mona Mangan, Executive Director
website= [http://www.wgaeast.org www.wgaeast.org]
footnotes= Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers of television and film and employees of television and radio news. The 2006 membership of the guild was 3,770. [ [http://erds.dol-esa.gov/query/orgReport.do U. S. Department of Labor ] ]
The Writers Guild of America, East is affiliated with the
Writers Guild of America, west. Together the guilds administer the Writers Guild of America Awards. It is an affiliate of both the International Federation of Journalistsand the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.
WGAE had its beginnings in 1912, when the Authors' League of America (ALA) was formed by some 350 book and magazine authors, as well as dramatists. In 1921, this group split into two branches of the League: the
Dramatists Guild of Americafor writers of radio and stage drama and the Authors Guildfor novelists and nonfiction book and magazine authors.
That same year, the Screen Writers Guild came into existence in
Hollywood, California, but was "little more than a social organization", according to the WGAe's website, until the Great Depressionof the 1930s and the growth of the organized labor movement impelled it to take a more active role in negotiating and guaranteeing writers' contractual rights and protections.
In 1933, the ALA and SWG joined forces, and two years later, with passage of the
National Labor Relations Actof 1935, called for an election to represent writers of films in collective bargaining agreements; the first such agreement was signed in 1942. Meanwhile, the Radio Writers Guild was formed in New York and became part of the ALA.
A Television Writers Group within the ALA and a separate group, the Television Writers of America, each began representing writers for the nascent television industry beginning in the late 1940s. In 1951, the ALA reorganized into the Writers' Guild of America East and West, in recognition of the growing complexity of representing members in many different fields of entertainment writing. Writers working in motion pictures, TV and radio would be represented by these two new guilds, while the Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild remained as branches of the ALA to represent print-media writers. The WGAw and WGAE have bargained for writers in movies, TV and radio since 1954. [ [http://www.wgaeast.org/index.php/articles/article/499?startnum=&sort=&letter=&wgc=109#wga499 WGAE official website history] ] The WGAe became affiliated with the
AFL-CIOin 1989, although its sister group WGAw did not join and has not since. Herb Sargentwas the president for fourteen years until his death in 2005. [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000912092 Hollywood Reporter] ]
August 27 2006, WGAE reached an agreement with the producers of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, allowing writers on the show to become guild members. [cite news | title = Daily Show Negotiates Writer's Guild Contract | url = http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/tv/daily_show_negotiates_writers_guild_contract_42833.asp | first = Dylan | publisher = mediabistro.com | date = 2006-08-28| accessdate = 2006-10-12 ]
November 2 2007, both branches of the guild, East and West, called a strikeagainst all television networks and cable channels over writers' share of revenues from DVDreleases, Internet, cell-phone network, and other new-media uses of programs and films written by members. The strike vote followed the expiration of the guild's then-current contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The strikeceased on February 12, 2008.
Writers Guild of America, west(WGAw)
Writers Guild of America Award
WGA screenwriting credit system
WGA script registration service
2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike
Effect of the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike on television
1988 Writers Guild of America strike
1960 Writers Guild of America strike
International Affiliation of Writers Guilds(IAWG)
* [http://www.wgaeast.org/ WGA East official website (wgaeast.org)]
* [https://www.wgaeast.org/script_reg/ WGA East Registry (www.wgaeast.org/script_reg/)]
* [http://www.writeractionbbs.com/ Writer Action a BBS for Guild Members]
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