WGA Goes on Strike at ABC’s ‘The Chase’

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The Writers Guilds of America (WGA) have put writers on strike at ABC game show “The Chase.” The WGA and ITV America failed to come to terms after a week-plus of talks.

TheWrap first reported those talks to be active. Evidently, they did not come to a satisfactory conclusion.

“We have alerted Writers Guild members that ITV America is refusing to honor the choice of writers at ‘The Chase’ to be represented by the union and to receive pension and health benefits, residuals, and the other basic provisions of our industry wide MBA,” Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Guild members will stand united in not crossing the picket line at ‘The Chase.’”

The WGA says it informed ITV America a strike would begin at 9 a.m. ET today. And so it did.

The WGA’s MBA, or the Minimum Basic Agreement, guarantees quiz and audience participation show writers essential provisions like health and pension benefits and residuals.

A spokesperson for ITV did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story.

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