Writers to see gains in compensation, pension

The Writers Guild of America East has unionized the VH1 comedy series “Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins.”

The guild said writers will see gains in their compensation and also receive pension benefits for the first time along with guild-sponsored medical benefits and residual payments. The series’ annual special will also be covered under this contract.

“We are all proud of the new shape our show, Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins, has taken, and really gratified that we were able to use our re-launch as an opportunity to join the Guild,” said Cassie St. Onge, a writer/producer on the show. “As a writer with a family, health and pension were always on my mind, but this contract is about more than just great benefits and fair compensation. It’s about belonging to this amazing professional community and getting some recognition for the work we do. It’s about sharing in the growing success of our show.”

WGAE exec director Lowell Peterson said, “Despite a challenging economic climate, this new contract demonstrates that it is possible for companies to give writers the protections they deserve and also to be successful. VH-1 wanted to do the right thing for its writers, even within a limited budget.”

Peterson also said the WGA East is expanding its organizing efforts.

Eight writers are covered under the new deal for “Best Week.”

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