Gimlet Media Unionizes With WGA East In A First For Podcasting Industry

Equitable processes for protecting employees’ intellectual property
Straightforward processes for advancement and promotion
Clear disciplinary, termination, and resignation policies
Gimlet Media has become the first podcasting company to unionize with the WGA East. A majority of it 83 employees has agreed to sign union cards and called on management to recognize the guild as its collective bargaining rep.
Our editorial and branded teams have won numerous awards, our shows have been optioned for television and film, we have helped the company branch out into voice skills and advertising, and our listeners number in the millions. We—the producers, engineers, hosts, editors, and reporters—are the people at Gimlet who make the podcasts. We come from public and commercial radio, print and digital media, the music industry, Hollywood, advertising, academia, and many other fields. We love our work, and we’re deeply invested in Gimlet’s success. We work hard to create some of the best audio in the world.
Through collective bargaining, we will work toward a contract that includes, but is not limited to:
Its listener base spans more than 180 countries. Brooklyn-based Gimlet's network includes Reply All, Crimetown, The Cut, The Nod, Homecoming and Every Little Thing, and the company says its podcast are downloaded 12 million times a month.
"We welcome the people in this field into our Guild, where we will work to ensure they are afforded rights and protections like those won by other content creators working in film, television, news and new media.” “Podcasting is one of the most exciting new-media platforms for storytelling, and Gimlet is at the forefront of creating compelling content," WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson said.
Employee input in company decision-making
Along with Gimlet, WGAE also represents the d-media staffs at Gizmodo, Vox Media, Vice, CBSN, HuffPost, Refinery29, Onion Inc., Thrillist, The Dodo, The Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Salon, Slate, Talking Points Memo, Fast Company, and Future plc.
Concrete and ambitious diversity initiatives
Clear and fair policies around contractor employment
Consistent and transparent job descriptions and salary bands
Our union is an expression of passion for what we do, and a proactive effort to work with management to shape the future of the company. As Spotify’s reported $230 million acquisition of Gimlet makes clear, however, Gimlet is no longer the small, scrappy operation memorably documented on the first season of ​StartUp. It’s important for us to solidify the things that make Gimlet a great place to work, and to address whatever issues may arise.
We are asking Gimlet Media to voluntarily recognize our union, and we are excited to begin the bargaining process.” /> Together with management, we hope to establish a precedent for the podcasting world, and to negotiate a contract that protects workers, while maintaining Gimlet’s position as an industry leader. To address these issues and make Gimlet Media the best workplace possible, we have formed a union with the Writers Guild of America, East. In addition to their long history of standing up for writers and creative professionals, the WGAE’s more recent work organizing digital media workers makes them our best partner in navigating this rapidly changing sector.
And in keeping with Gimlet’s innovative ethos, we are proud to be the first podcast company to form a union. As one of the first companies to recognize the potential of on-demand audio, Gimlet is on the leading edge of a growing industry. Gimlet Media is a podcasting pioneer.
Gimlet Media released this statement today exlaining why its staffers are unionizing:

Julia Roberts On Her Series Debut In Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’: “A Great Mental Challenge Every Day” – TCA

Such explicitly cinematic flourishes, Esmail said, were inspired by films by Hitchcock and Brian De Palma. The audience saw a clip from the show, which details a social worker's efforts to help soldiers returning from war (though perhaps, it seems, to nefarious corporate ends). In one continuous take, the scene shows Roberts taking a phone call at her desk, standing up and walking down stairs and through a densely populated office. In a fluid tracking shot, the camera follows her both from afar and overhead, passing over the walls dividing each room.
"It was a great mental challenge every day," she said. We were also strangely happy all the time." But she offered more serious thoughts about the experience of making the show, which premieres November 2. "That became the fuel: How many pages do we get to do tomorrow?" She added, "The harder the task, the faster we accomplished it. The line drew a big laugh, which Roberts relished.
During a TCA panel devoted to the show, a half-hour thriller based on a popular podcast of the same name directed by Mr. "I didn't think of it as small screen-big screen," she said, joking, "My television is very big." Robot's Sam Esmail, Roberts said the shoot unfolded like a typical film production, so she hadn't focused on the platform.
Julia Roberts, apart from playing herself on Murphy Brown or doing guest shots on Law & Order and Miami Vice, had never acted in a TV series before taking the lead in Amazon's forthcoming Homecoming.
"I don't want to say all corporations are the villains but there is that un-trustworthiness," he said. "We're still reeling" from the 2008 financial crisis, he said, notably from the fact that no financial executives wound up criminally prosecuted for the meltdown. Robot. Like that show, he said, Homecoming taps into a seemingly bottomless well of feeling about the current era of "corporate greed," as he put it. Esmail said the cinematography and atmosphere of paranoia borrows from Mr.
"I binged it three times in a row. And then when Julia raised her hand, I thought I'd be silly to say no. Esmail said he was "obsessed" with the podcast, which was produced by Gimlet Media. This could turn out to be something special."” />
Bobby Cannavale, who stars in the show, along with Dermot Mulroney, Alex Karpovsky and Jeremy Allen White, said he got hooked on the podcast by coincidence during the time he was in production on Mr. Robot. "I was that guy who came in and said, 'Has anybody heard this podcast?' And he said, 'Yeah, I'm going to be doing that.'"