Writers Want To Unionize “Reality” Shows

The Writers Guild of America wants to unionize workers who create TV reality shows. “Unlike a sitcom or drama, a reality show doesn’t often employ ‘writers.’ Instead, people with titles such a ‘field producer’ or ‘story producer’ make sure each episode follows a script that’s often conceived in advance. In other cases, editors have the job of finding dramatic story lines in hundreds of hours of tape. Producers might boil down 400 hours of footage to create a single 44-minute episode of a show.”