November 19, 2013
By Marc Bussanich
New York, NY—Reality TV has been popular among audiences and profitable for the cable networks for a long time, but according to the writers and producers of popular Reality TV shows such as Pawn Stars, The First 48 and Fatal Encounters they are having to work sometimes 60 to 80 hours per week without overtime pay. The Writers Guild of America East hopes to organize about 1,500 of them and sign collective bargaining agreements with the major networks.
August 8, 2013
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Roberta Reardon Urges SAG-AFTRA to Organize More
“Organizing is job one,” says SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon. “The growth of nonunion work in New York is shocking, especially in commercials.”
She’s now running against incumbent Mike Hodge for the presidency of the new union’s New York local. It’s the first election since the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists merged with the Screen Actors Guild in March 2012—a move that Reardon, then AFTRA’s president, strongly advocated.