Comedy Central is in a situation that is no laughing matter. The Writer's Guild of America - West called for its members to stop working on Central Productions programs immediately (Central Productions it the production unit of Comedy Central), saying that the company lied to writers that projects were covered by the guild when they were in fact not.
This has led to the guild using its working rules and ordering members to stop working, until the work could be verified as under a guild contract.
The guild is negotiating with Central Productions on a new overall deal.
“We are writing to alert you,” said an e-mail, “that you must refrain from writing for Central Productions ... without first contacting the WGAW contracts department to ensure that the writing is guild-covered.”
A Comedy Central spokesman said, “We’re continuing to move forward on our negotiations with the Writers Guild and are hopeful that we’ll come to an agreement soon.”
“No other major entertainment company has treated writers and their guild so cavalierly,” the e-mail added.
The guild began negotiating with Central Productions during the summer to eliminate the need for Letter of Adherence to be issued to each project individually. So far, no dice.
What do you make of this? Is the WGA being fair to its writers and the shows they work on? I feel like if you sign a contract or agreement, you live up to that. If Central Productions is lying, I would not do business with them.