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Why the Writers Guild Has Told Its Members to Stop Writing for a Major Cable Network THR

The Writers Guild of America West has told its members to stop writing for a major cable network, claiming that "no other major entertainment company has treated writers and their guild so cavalierly," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The WGA issued a stop-work order Monday against Central Productions, the production unit for the cable network Comedy Central. The union alleges that Central Productions falsely told writers on more than 40 projects that their work was covered by the guild, the piece adds.

The WGA is asking members to verify that their work is actually covered under a guild contract before working on Central Productions shows. The union is in the middle of negotiating with Central for an overall deal, the piece adds.

A representative for Comedy Central didn't respond to the allegations, but said the channel is hopeful an agreement will soon emerge from the negotiations.