Event to happen as the largest reality television industry conference happens in Washington, DC
The Realities of Working In Reality Television: A Conversation with the Writers Guild of America, East
Writers Guild of America, East Executive Director Lowell Peterson, Director of Organizing Justin Molito and veteran nonfiction writer-producer Joe Danisi in conversation with Thomas Conners of the Teamsters Labor History Research Center.
George Washington University’s Gelman Library
Teamsters Labor History Research Center
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052
Thursday, January 29, 4-6pm
Free, Open To The Public
ABOUT THE EVENT:
This may or may not be a surprise, but “reality” television shows have writer-producers who write dialogue and narrative arcs while working as much as 80 hours per week, often in very dangerous locations, with no overtime pay, no health benefits, no paid time off or other basic workplace protections.
On January 29th, the Teamsters Labor History Research Center at George Washington University’s Gelman Library will host a conversation about the realities of working in “reality” television with the Writers Guild of America, East, who have led efforts to organize writer-producers in nonfiction television. The WGAE has reached collective bargaining agreements with major nonfiction companies Sharp Entertainment, Optomen and Lion Television.
This event coincides with The Realscreen Summit, which is the world’s foremost conference and market for the nonfiction and unscripted content industry. This year’s summit takes place at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC from January 27–30, 2015.
Teamsters Labor History Research Center’s Thomas Conners will moderate a conversation with Lowell Peterson (Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO), Justin Molito (Director of Organizing, Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO) and Joe Danisi (Writer-Producer).