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ThinkProgress Staffers Unionize With Writers Guild Of America, East

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Media

The editorial staff of the progressive news site ThinkProgress has joined the Writers Guild of America, East, making it the latest in a string of Web...

Salon Editorial Staffers Unionize, With Site's Management Taking 'High Road'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.01.2015 | Media

Staffers at have successfully joined the Writers Guild of America, East, with management at the news site voluntarily recognizing their empl...

Why Do So Many People Chase the Dream of Becoming a Screenwriter?

Quora | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment

Well, let's see. Most of the civilized world as a whole is driven by entertainment. Two of the primary platforms of entertainment are television and film.

Dave Jamieson

Salon Editorial Employees Announce Plans To Unionize | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Media

Just weeks after writers and editors at Gawker Media unionized, the editorial employees of Salon Media Group announced that they intend to join the sa...

Gawker Founder Nick Denton: Seeing Vice Unionize Would Be 'Good Theater'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.05.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

After 75 percent of Gawker editorial employees voted "yes" on Wednesday, the company is on track to become the first digital publication to unionize. ...

Collective Bargaining in the Digital Workplace

Lowell Peterson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Media
Lowell Peterson

As Gawker's writers have demonstrated, organizing in digital media is a real option, not an abstraction or a fantasy. People who do this work really can come together for their own common good.

My Life in Soaps

ilona saari | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
ilona saari

I never watched soaps growing up, nor did my mom, not even while ironing. But, that changed when I was living and working in Manhattan. On a trip home, I came down with the flu, leaving me flat on my back in a sea of used tissues.

Defending Prophet Muhammad but Through the Pen Instead

Ahmed Khan | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

When these gunmen and others like them take innocent lives, no matter who they are, because of mere mockery against the Prophet, then they should know that his example was different.

Rashard Mendenhall Opens Up About Life After Football

Rashard Mendenhall | Posted 10.26.2014 | Sports
Rashard Mendenhall

I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not. I've reinvented myself. This is my first transformation.

Past, Present, Future: 3 Women's Voices in Film and How 3 Writers Wrote Them to the Red Carpet

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.12.2014 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Particularly tricky is writing strong and memorable female characters when you are a dude. Sure, from Shakespeare on, its been done but the challenge remains.

Your Words Have Power

Valerie Alexander | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Valerie Alexander

I'm sure the writers of Gimme a Break had no idea that including the line, "Is that a Phi Beta Kappa pin?" might change someone's life, but it did, and that outcome should be on all our minds when we write, when we post, when we produce.

Matthew Jacobs

'Wolf' Writer Dings F-Word Counters: 'Grow Up Already' | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment

Now that we know exactly how many times the word "f--k" was used in "The Wolf of Wall Street," the movie's controversy seems to have slackened. Martin...

No Way to Make a Career

Lowell Peterson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Media
Lowell Peterson

Welcome to the world of freelance employment. Welcome to the world of work without unions, without collective bargaining, without any industry-wide standards of employment or compensation or benefits.

Here Are The 2014 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The Writers Guild of America announced nominees for best original and adapted screenplays on Friday, providing a boost to awards contenders "August: O...

How Much Do Your Favorite TV Writers Make?

Posted 12.19.2013 | TV

It's a job everyone thinks they could do, few are given the opportunity, and even fewer do it well. Landing a gig as a writer for cable or network TV ...

Dorothy Parker Happy in Los Angeles

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Kevin Fitzpatrick

Today there is only one spot in Los Angeles that remembers Dorothy Parker's 30 years as a resident.

Reality TV Workers Have Little to Be Thankful for

Michael Winship | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

Working on shows like "Real Housewives of Atlanta" often means working exhausting schedules without breaks or even overtime pay.

Joan Scheckel's Renaissance

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 12.15.2013 | Arts
Elizabeth Baudouin

Joan Scheckel's Los Angeles based filmmaking labs are housed in the quickly developing artist hub amongst Perry Rubenstein Gallery and Regen Projects, leading the way for a new Hollywood Renaissance.

Three Is the Magic Number

Nicholas Weinstock | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
Nicholas Weinstock

The Three Things is just my conviction that every one of those writers should always be working on at least three things at once.

Organizing for Leverage

Lowell Peterson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Lowell Peterson

Our decline has certainly been precipitous, and our diligent efforts to reverse it over the last twenty or so years have not yielded much. But I think it is possible to overestimate the power of executives and capital and to underestimate the power of the people who actually do the work.

East WillyB Gives New Generation of Latinos a Voice

Tanisha L. Ramirez | Posted 06.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Tanisha L. Ramirez

Whereas Hollywood has offered some media crumbs to the English-speaking, acculturated Latino masses, very few of them have truly captured the acculturated Latino voice. In fact, the few attempts made by Hollywood to represent the American Latino voice have failed miserably.

There's a Prize tor Those Little Webisodes? Yes. Meet the Winner.

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

While much of the hoopla at the Writers Guild Awards was focused on the film nominees as a ramp up to Oscars, the category most associated with the fastest growing medium on earth went largely unnoticed. And Michael Cyril Creighton was crowned king of that world.

Showbiz Goes High Tech

Yvonna Russell | Posted 04.23.2013 | Technology
Yvonna Russell

A lot has changed from the days when we went on foot to agents' offices, checked our answering machines on a pay phone and picked up sides in person. Show business, the last of the handshake businesses, has gone high tech.

Tom Stoppard: 'Not Adapting My Own Plays for Film'

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Award-Winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard, who received the Writers Guild of America, West's 2013 Laurel Award for Film, says he doubts that he would ever adapt any of his own theatrical works for the screen.

Writers Guild Awards Nominees for Original New Media

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

The WGA Awards are on Sunday, February 17. Here are the nominees for Outstanding Acheivement in Original New Media Writing.