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Jigsaw Productions Syndicates With WGA East – Deadline

Producers, showrunners, APs and other independent employees of Jigsaw Productions, the producer behind recent documentaries such as Totally under control, The crime of the century and Generation Hustle, voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East.

The Jigsaw Organizing Committee made headlines on social media today, writing: “Our goal is to work with the WGAE to negotiate a contract with Jigsaw Productions that addresses our concerns about compensation, credit, diversity and creates a more sustainable and fairer work environment. We fundamentally believe in what Jigsaw stands for as a global brand. It is this very philosophy of speaking difficult truths that inspires us to organize and align Jigsaw towards a fair future. We believe Jigsaw may be the catalyst for a long overdue change in the realm of non-fiction storytelling. “

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The company’s non-fiction credits also include documentary series Dirty money, Enron: smartest guys in the room and Getting to the point: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, the latter who won three Emmys in 2015. All, with Totally under control and The crime of the century, were produced and / or directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney.

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“The people who craft Jigsaw’s great programs want to build sustainable careers and a more equitable work environment,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of WGA East. “The Guild represents people who do this work at stores like Vox Entertainment, another non-fiction production company creating content for Netflix, and we’ve been able to secure contracts that reflect their professional concerns, in an industry that has been known for ever since. long hours and difficult conditions. ”

The union asked for voluntary recognition from management.

WGAE has also worked to unionize companies such as Gimlet Media, The Ringer, WINS-AM, ABC News, Bustle Digital Group, CBS News, CBSN, Chalkbeat, Committee to Protect Journalists, Entercom, Fast Company, WNYW-TV, FT Specialist , Future Plc, Gizmodo Media Group, Hearst Magazines, HuffPost, The Intercept, Jewish Currents, MTV News, NowThis, Onion Inc., Refinery29, Salon, Slate, Talking Points Memo, Thirteen Productions, Thrillist, Vice, Vox Media and WBBM- TV.

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