Comcast Writers Get Support From NBC-U Brethren in WGA Bid

Writers for E!, Style and G4 get boost from their counterparts at NBC Universal

Writers from Comcast cable networks seeking to join the Writers Guild of America received a letter of support from their soon-to-be co-workers at NBC Universal Wednesday, according to the WGA West.

Writers for shows airing on NBC-U-owned broadcast and cable channels signed on to a letter supporting scribes for E!, Style and G4 to join the union.

"We believe that Comcast Entertainment Group's writers shoiuld have what we have, a WGA contract that provides portable pension and health benefits, fair payment for reuse and resale of their material, reasonable minimus and other appropriate employment terms," the letter reads.

The letter further states: "If the Comcast-NBC-U merger is approved, we will all be generating revenue for the same company. On February 25, 2010, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, saying: 'And so one of our commitments, upfront is we hope to continue the good relations with the guilds adn with the unions that NBC Universal has' Therefore, we all call on Comcast Entertainment Group to live up to its pledge and immediately recognize and negotiate with the Writers Guild of America, West."

Here's the WGA announcement:

Comcast Writers Gain Support for WGA Coverage

NBC Universal Writers Back Their Colleagues at E!, Style, and G4 Networks

 

Los Angeles — Writers on Comcast’s entertainment networks E!, Style, and G4 got a boost today from their counterparts at NBC Universal (NBCU). Writers with shows airing on NBCU’s broadcast or cable channels or whose shows are produced by NBCU have signed on to a letter supporting the Comcast writers’ request for the company to enter into negotiations with the Writers Guild of America, West. In the letter the NBCU writers assert, “We believe that Comcast Entertainment Group’s writers should have what we have, a Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract that provides portable pension and health benefits, fair payment for reuse and resale of their material, reasonable minimums and other appropriate employment terms.”

 

Despite the signing of union authorization cards by more than 80% of its writers, Comcast has refused to enter into talks with the Guild about the terms of a contract. The shows to be covered areAttack of the Show, Chelsea Lately, E! News, E! Specials, Fashion Police, G4 Specials, The Dish, The Soup, Web Soup, and X-Play.

 

“The vast majority of us have made it clear we want WGA representation but, there is no way to reach a deal that is fair to both sides if the company won't bargain with us,” said The Soup writer Greg Fideler.

 

The letter goes on to state, “If the Comcast-NBCU merger is approved, we will all be generating revenue for the same company. On February 25th, 2010, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, saying: ‘And so one of our commitments upfront is we hope to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Universal has.’ Therefore, we call on Comcast Entertainment Group to live up to its pledge and immediately recognize and negotiate with the Writers Guild of America, West.”

 

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.

 

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