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2015 WGA Award Nominees Include 'High Maintenance,' 'Inside Amy Schumer,' and 'Louie'

The Writers Guild of America just announced its list of WGA Award nominees for next year's ceremony, which is set to take place on February 14th in New York with host Larry Wilmore. Nominees for Comedy Series include Louie, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Amazon's recent hit Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor, while Inside Amy Schumer managed to break into the Comedy/Variety category for the second year in a row with SNL, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Last Week Tonight. Returning Vimeo web series High Maintenance also got some love in the Short Form Media [...]

'Jimmy Fallon' Writers Submissions Are the Subject of WGA Complaint

With Jimmy Fallon set to take over The Tonight Show in February, he's bulking up his Late Night writing staff. The show's hiring practices have come under scrutiny recently, with Deadline reporting the show's submission process has caused someone to complain to the Writers Guild of America. Although it's not uncommon in late night, Fallon's writing submission is pretty substantial, asking for several written segments and monologue jokes. The WGA complaint is concerned with material from writing submissions ending up on the show, even if the writer is not actually hired.

Check out Fallon's submission request below:

The WGA Tells Members to Stop Writing for Certain Comedy Central Shows

The Writers Guild of America, West sent out a letter to members yesterday, urging them to stop writing for specific Comedy Central shows that are violating the WGA's regulations. While the letter didn't mention which specific shows are breaking the rules, the union said Comedy Central's production company, called Central Productions, hired writers on over two dozen new projects without making deals with the WGA for said writers. Here's an excerpt from the WGA letter, via The LA Times:

"No other major entertainment company has treated writers and their Guild so cavalierly. It is never easy to ask a fellow member to stop working. We understand all [...]

And In Non-Fake News, An ONN Writers Strike Possible

This morning marks the deadline for a potential ONN writers strike, as well as a serious blow to our right to uninterrupted comedy broadcasting. As of this morning, failed negations between the Writers Guide of America-East and The Onion, Inc. still leaves ONN writers, as WGA says, "the only scripted live action television show now in production where the writers did not work under a WGA agreement." Without a contract, the writers are working without the promise of benefits, Guild pay or a sufficient term of employment for the show's second season, scheduled to premiere in September.

The WGA reportedly sent out an email last week calling [...]

'30 Rock,' 'The Colbert Report,' 'The Simpsons,' and 'Veep' Win Writers Guild Awards

The 2014 WGA Awards were handed out over the weekend, and a few comedies came home with recognition for their writing. Veep won the Comedy Series category (its second WGA nom and first win), The Colbert Report won for Comedy/Variety, and The Simpsons won for Animation. The first part of 30 Rock's 2013 series finale "Hogcock!" also won for Episodic Comedy, beating out Modern Family, Parks and Rec, and Orange Is the New Black and making the show's 13th nomination and 5th WGA win. Click here to see the complete list of WGA winners.

'Seinfeld,' 'All in the Family' Top the WGA's List of the '101 Best Written TV Series of All Time'

The Writers Guild of America this weekend released a list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time," and several comedies ranked high on the list, which was determined by online voting by WGA members. While The Sopranos took the top spot, the list also included comedies like Seinfeld (#2), All in the Family (#4), M*A*S*H (#5), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (#6), Cheers (#8), and The Simpsons (#11).

Check out the full list, which also included Freaks and Geeks, Larry Sanders, and Louie, below:

The WGA Original Screenplay Nominees Are Nearly All Comedies

WGA's big-screen announcements are out, joining the small-screen nomination list released a few weeks back. The Original Screenplay category in particular is almost totally comedy-dominated, with Bridesmaids, 50/50, Midnight in Paris and Young Adult all getting nods. And everyone knows that's the best category (screw you, Adapted and Documentary Screenplays!) The full list of relevant TV and movie nominations is below.

'30 Rock', 'Parks and Rec', and All the Other Shows You'd Expect Get WGA Nominations

The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards in TV, and the list was full of few surprises. Usual suspects Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and Veep made it into the Comedy Series category, also joined by newcomer Orange Is the New Black and departing 30 RockSimpsons and Futurama dominated the animation category, while Colbert, Conan, Kimmel, SNL, Daily Show, and Portlandia all took home variety series nominations.

Sure, shows like Archer, Bob's Burgers, Key & Peele, Eastbound & Down, Eagleheart, Always Sunny, Nathan For You, Comedy Bang! Bang!, GirlsBrooklyn Nine-Nine, and Always Sunny also deserve nominations and didn't get any whereas a lot [...]

WGA Finds TV Writing Staffs to Lack Age, Gender, and Racial Diversity

The Writers Guild of America West released its "2013 TV Staffing Brief" this week, examining the percentage of female, minority, and older writers staffed on shows during the 2011-12 TV season. While there's been a little bit of progress in the way of diversity, TV writing still seems to be a field dominated by white dudes as you can see in the full report.

ONN Writers Unionize Under WGAE, Keep The Fake Headlines Coming

We got a hot, throbbing anonymous tip that the writers of the Onion News Network joined WGA-East as of today, thus staving off the need for us to force guffaws while listening to NPR. "The ONN writers stood together and won real improvements,” WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson said in the WGA newsletter announcing the deal. "We welcome them into the WGAE and we look forward to a productive relationship with the company.”

The new agreement negotiated between WGA-E and ONN management will reportedly "increase minimum weekly compensation and provide pension and health contributions, retroactive to the start of writing earlier this summer.  The producers also agreed [...]