The Writers Guild of America, west puts the H in Hollywood, the T in TV, and the N in new media. It's the West Coast version of the Writers Guild of America and a labor union that represents more than 7,000 writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new technologies industries. The union, which began in 1921, backs members in contract negotiations and enforcement, oversees credits for films and TV shows, collects and distributes payments for the reuse of movies and TV shows, and conducts educational events. It does not act as an employment agency for writers or recommend them. The WGAw also maintains a registry that covers some 55,000 written works each year, protecting the authors from plagiarism.