WGA gets first deal with VH1

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The writers of "Best Week Ever" are having their best week ever.

The WGA East and VH1 have signed an agreement that will cover the comedy series "Best Week Ever With Paul F. Tompkins" and the scribes who write it. All of the writers will become WGAE members and have guild coverage under its Minimum Basic Agreement.

"As a writer with a family, health and pension were always on my mind, but this contract is about more than just great benefits and fair compensation," said Cassie St. Onge, a writer-producer on the show. "It's about belonging to this amazing professional community and getting some recognition for the work we do. It's about sharing in the growing success of our show."

This is the first VH1 series to gain WGA coverage, the result of an expanded organizing effort by the WGA's New York branch to cover comedy/variety scribes. The contract also covers "Best Week Ever's" annual special.

The writers will see increased compensation, pension and health care benefits and residual payments.

"Despite a challenging economic climate, this new contract demonstrates that it is possible for companies to give writers the protections they deserve and also to be successful," WGAE exec director Lowell Peterson said.
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