WGA West signs Big Fantastic

It's the 33rd digital company to unionize

The Writers Guild of America West has unionized new-media company Big Fantastic, which has signed on to the guild’s master contract.

WGA West made the announcement Tuesday. Big Fantastic is the 33rd digital company to sign under the jurisdiction it gained two years ago following the 2007-08 strike.

WGA West also said 73 Web projects had been covered under the terms of its master contract. These include original works such as “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” “Web Therapy,” “Back on Topps” and Seth MacFarlane’s “Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy” as well as derivative projects based on existing properties, including “Battlestar Galactica,” “Chuck,” “Heroes,” “Monk” and “The Office.”

Big Fantastic co-founder Doug Cheney said, “The guild has done a great job of recognizing and legitimizing the efforts of online creators like us. We chose to become a signatory now because it affords us tremendous opportunities as writers while allowing our company access to the vast WGA talent pool.”

Big Fantastic’s titles include “Prom Queen,” “Foreign Body,” “Sam Has 7 Friends” and “Sorority Forever.” The company’s comprised of Cheney, Chris Hampel, Chris McCaleb and Ryan Wise.

The WGA East announced last month that it had added 22 digital media companies as signatories in 2009, resulting in 30 writers becoming guild members.

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