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Vox Media Union Takes Next Step Toward Potential Strike (Exclusive)

A union at Vox Media has taken the next step toward a potential strike against management as the expiration date for the group’s current contract draws near and negotiations for a successor agreement continue. The governing council at the Writers Guild of America, East, which represents around 350 editorial and video staffers at the Polygon, […]

Spotify’s Parcast Union Members Vote Unanimously to Ratify First Contract

Staffers at Parcast who are unionized with the Writers Guild of America East have voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract. In a ratification vote, 100 percent of the bargaining unit — composed of 56 members including content writers, fact-checkers, producers, researchers and other workers — voted “yes” on the tentative deal reached between the […]

Writers Guild East Leaders Unveil Organizing Plan, Proposed Structure Changes Amid Digital Media Debate

The Writers Guild of America East’s governing body is making recommendations for changes to the Guild’s constitution and has passed a new organizing resolution that would address recent debate over the influx of digital journalists into the union. The Guild announced after a Council vote on Thursday evening that the Council is proposing constitutional modifications […]

Writers Guild West, Labor Coalition Push FTC to Challenge Amazon’s MGM Buy (Exclusive)

Even as Amazon closes its proposed $8.45 billion purchase of MGM, the Federal Trade Commission could still sue to block the merger if it decides that the deal is representative of broader antitrust concerns about its online retail service. That’s what Writers Guild of America West and the Strategic Organizing Center, a federation of labor […]

Spotify’s Podcast Staffers Sign Open Letter Saying Audio Giant “Rejected” Inclusion Goals

Union staffers at several podcast production companies owned by Spotify have penned a letter to the music streaming service and podcast network Parcast, calling on them to agree to a measure aimed at fostering “a more inclusive and diverse company.” On Wednesday, workers at Parcast, The Ringer and Gimlet Media that are allied with the […]

WGA Awards: ‘King Richard,’ ‘CODA,’ ‘Dune’ Among Nominees in the Screenplay Categories

The Writers Guild of America on Thursday announced the nominees in its film categories, including best original, adapted and documentary screenplays. Previous WGA Award winners Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch), Tony Kushner (West Side Story), Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up), Eric Roth (Dune) and Aaron Sorkin (Being the Ricardos) all earned nods for their features, […]

WGA Awards Nominations: ‘Hacks,’ ‘Loki,’ ‘Yellowjackets’ Among TV Nominees

The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees in several categories Thursday, including television. Hacks received two nominations in comedy series and new series, while Loki and Yellowjackets received two nods each as well, both in the categories new series and drama series. Only Murders in the Building received nominations in new series, comedy series, […]

Constantin Film to Pay Over $1M in Residuals in Writers Guild Settlement

The Writers Guild of America West and Constantin Film have resolved a residuals dispute and ended a brief guild boycott of the German mini-major. WGA West president Meredith Stiehm, vice president Michele Mulroney and secretary-treasurer Betsy Thomas wrote guild members on Thursday that the two parties had reached an agreement on foreign residuals and health […]

Showtime Talent Calls on Vice CEO to Reach “Fair and Equitable” Contract With Guild Writers

Ziwe, Desus Nice, The Kid Mero, Lilly Wachowski and other Writers Guild of America East members that work on Showtime titles are calling on Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc to reach a “fair and equitable” contract with the union. The new Vice contract, which is currently in its last days of scheduled negotiation, will consolidate […]

South Korea’s CJ ENM to Acquire Controlling Stake in Endeavor Content

Endeavor has struck a deal to sell a majority stake in its Endeavor Content studio to South Korean media giant CJ ENM, the company behind films like Parasite and Snowpiercer, for $775 million. The deal values the company at $850 million. Endeavor will retain a 20 percent stake in Endeavor Content and is also holding […]

Writers Guild Approves New Feature Film Credit for “Additional Literary Material”

Members of the Writers Guild of America East and West have voted to institute an “Additional Literary Material” credit for feature films. The credit will offer recognition to writers previously unable to receive feature film screen credits who are working under a Guild contract, have been employed in helping to craft the script or sold […]

Writers Guild Boycotting Constantin Film Over Residuals Dispute

Writers Guild of America West leaders have ordered the union’s members to stop working with Constantin Film over a residuals and health and pension plan contributions dispute. On Friday, Guild president Meredith Stiehm, vice president Michele Mulroney and secretary-treasurer Betsy Thomas wrote members of the writers’ union that “effective immediately WGA members are prohibited under […]