WGA Protests Writer-Producer “Poverty” Wages at A&E Network Headquarters

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Reportedly, over 100 members and supporters of the Writers Guild of America East picketed outside of A&E Network’s headquarters in Manhattan over low paying rates.

The guild has allegedly claimed that Leftfield Entertainment has blamed TV networks for controlling the economics of nonfiction shows. Reportedly Leftfield claimed that TV networks inflict “poverty” level paying rates for writers and producers.

Leftfield Entertainment is one of the largest “reality” and nonfiction production company on the East Coast.

The WGN East unionized with the Leftfield writer-producers last year to discuss the pay of writers on shows like Pawn Stars and Counting Cars. A&E reportedly didn’t respond immediately to their writer-producers low paying rates.

Although Leftfield issued a negative statement towards the WGA East afterward, the production company reportedly called the WGA “unprofessional” and “reckless”.

A guild representative stated that writer-producers are demanding to know if A&E employees, as Leftfield assets, are causing these deplorable labor conditions. The guild representative also commented that their writer-producers also want to know if Leftfield is responsible for their “poverty-level” pay proposals.

The guild has also issued an industry-wide petition with over 900 nonfiction television writer-producer signatures. The petition reportedly issues A&E to work with production companies that will pay fair minimum rates. The petition also reportedly asks for the network to look into their safety and scheduling standards for their employees. The guild also plans to look into writer-producers paid time off wages and healthcare benefits.

David Van Taylor, a nonfiction writer-producer, claimed that Nonfiction production companies claim they aren’t allowed to help increase employee wages due to network contracts.

Lowell Peterson, the Executive Director of the WGA East, commented that the average rate writer-producers earn less than $15 dollars an hour. Peterson commented that this is less than the new minimum wage pay for fast food workers in New York.

Leftfield, which is a part of ITV, has denounced the WGA East’s statements for inflicting low paying rates of around $11,770 dollars per year for a single employee household.

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