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ITV Studios, the company that produces Cesar Millan’s new show "Cesar 911" for Nat Geo Wild, just this week reported that in 2013 they posted a 27% increase in profits. ITV Studios says it expects to continue raking in more profits in 2014.
The Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) recently conducted a survey that indicates that ITV Studios, like many other reality and nonfiction production companies, has been generating these profits while refusing to pay overtime to the producers and writers on this show.
By not paying overtime, ITV Studios has been able to keep an average of $30,000 per year for each producer they employ.
ITV Studios isn't the only violator but, as one of the more successful and profitable production companies in New York, and one where writers and producers have chosen to unionize, they should be setting a good example for the rest of the industry to follow.
Millan can help, by standing up for the legal rights of his producers and associate producers to be paid overtime and publicly supporting these workers.
We call on Cesar Millan to publicly support fair pay for ITV producers and associate producers.
Please join us by participating in this Thunderclap, tweeting at @cesarmillan during #cesar911 at 9:00pm on Fridays, and signing our petition at this link:
Writers Guild of America, East
The Writers Guild of America, East is a labor union for creative professionals working in TV and film. Our Nonfiction United campaign is working with nonfiction and reality producers and associate producers in New York to organize an industry-wide union to raise standards for freelancers.