This happy notice showed up on Cartoon Brew the end of last week:
Deferred payment 1st episode (no-pay), action/adventure series, Cartoon Network, paid assignments and/or production contract after 1st episode.
Quick update from Your Truly: We have contacted Cartoon Network about this Craig's List love letter. A CN exec told us he had no clue to what this was about. (They don't communicate real well over there, do they? Or maybe there was no communication because whoever placed the ad was less than honest about their actual connection with CN.)
Any company that has employees working for free is breaking the law. Forget about "union contracts," how about federal (and state) statutes?
To cut to the chase: CN employees who are not being paid should contact TAG immediately, and we will file grievances like yesterday.
And we'll do it with gusto and enthusiasm.
Oh, and we should point out that working for free for ANYONE, union or nonunion, is usually a very bad idea. Unless your time and talent really are worthless.