In January 2020 Peacock notified the WGAE that it would no longer employ freelance writer-producers at Peacock. Instead, the company said it would continue to produce nonfiction programs at another part of the NBC News operation, which apparently will have the name “NBC News Studios”.
The WGAE asked for clarification and details. Because the company refused to provide all of the information, the union had to return to the NLRB – after which the company admitted that a number of former “Peacock” employees would now work at “NBC News Studios” producing nonfiction programs. Although mostly these were management employees, some were Peacock freelancers.
Thus, NBC News is continuing the work of Peacock Productions under a different banner, using Peacock Productions employees. There is one key difference: The company is refusing to apply the WGAE collective bargaining agreement to any of those employees, including those employed as “freelance” producers and associate producers.