‘Daily Show’ scribes unionize

WGA East to cover laffer writers

The Writers Guild of America East has unionized the staff writers on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

The WGA East announced Friday that it had reached agreement with producer Hello Doggie to cover the 14 writers on the show. The WGA East Council. The writers must still approve the pact.

The WGA East said the scribes will see gains in compensation in line with writers working on other latenight comedy-variety shows and be covered under the WGA’s pension and health plan. The writers will also be paid residuals for additional runs. “We negotiated in good faith with Comedy Central for 10 months, and I am proud to say that both sides acted fairly and professionally,” said WGA East prexy Chris Albers. “I would also like to thank Jon Stewart, who stood by his writers and insisted they be properly compensated and treated fairly.”

The agreement was negotiated by a committee comprised of “Daily Show” writers Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Jason Reich and Jason Ross along with Albers, WGA East exec director Mona Mangan and assistant exec director James Kaye.

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