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Tuesday February 11, 2014

Writers Guild of America, East certified as collective bargaining representative of writer-producers at Sharp Entertainment

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (the "WGAE") announced that it has been certified by the National Labor Relations Board to be the collective bargaining representative of the Producers, Coordinating Producers, Associate Producers and Writers employed by Sharp Entertainment, LLC. Sharp is one of the most well regarded production companies in the nonfiction world, producing shows for cable television such as Doomsday Preppers, Property Wars, and Call of the Wildman. Region 2 of the National Labor Relations Board conducted a representation election by mail ballot and by in-person vote in January; ballots were counted on February 3.

"We are very pleased that the writer-producers at Sharp have voted to become part of the WGAE," said the union’s Executive Director, Lowell Peterson. "They join their colleagues across the nonfiction cable TV industry who have elected the Guild as their bargaining representative and seek to build sustainable careers doing work they find meaningful and enjoyable. We anticipate entering a collective bargaining agreement with Sharp that includes the provisions we have won for writer-producers employed by other nonfiction TV production companies."

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers-Guild of America, East, visit

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