Freelance producers and associate producers at Jane Street Entertainment have voted overwhelmingly to join the WGA East. Despite pleas from the company’s owners to reject union representation, the freelancers voted 46-3 to join the guild, and the National Labor Relations Board now has certified the guild as their collective bargaining representative.
Guild officials say they now hope to sit down and negotiate a contract with the New York-based company, which produces such shows as Deep Fried Masters, Rowhouse Showdown, Cousins Undercover, and Rachel vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off.
The lopsided vote is the latest victory in the guild’s ongoing efforts to organize reality TV writers and producers. It already has signed contracts with Sharp Entertainment, Lion TV and Optomen Productions; is negotiating contracts with ITV and Original Media; and is awaiting a ruling from the NLRB on its bid to represent writers at producers employed by Peacock Productions.
“The men and women who write and produce nonfiction reality television programs continue to campaign to improve their conditions, to make it possible to build sustainable careers,” said WGA East Executive Eirector Lowell Peterson. “The WGAE is proud to be part of that campaign and we look forward to negotiating a solid collective bargaining agreement with Jane Street.”