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WGA Sues Talent Agencies in Battle Against Packaging Fees

The Writers Guild of America has filed a lawsuit against WME, CAA, UTA and ICM as the guild steps up its fight against Hollywood’s largest talent agencies over conflict of interest concerns. “We are here today to announce the filing of a lawsuit to establish that packaging fees are illegal under the law of California,” […]
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Hollywood writers are firing their agents. Here’s why it matters

You may have heard that Hollywood writers are firing their agents en masse. Don’t panic. This isn’t a strike situation that threatens to shut down production and negatively impact the Southern California economy. It is, however, a fairly serious situation for the television industry especially, and could change the way show business has been conducted for decades. While several issues are in contention between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents as the entities rene...
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What to Know About the Fight Between Hollywood’s Writers and Agents

Talks broke down on Friday, upending a way of doing business that had been in place for decades. A guide to how the dispute came about and what lies ahead.
Tags: Hollywood, Television, News, Writers Guild Of America, Organized Labor, Writing and Writers, Agents (Business, Association of Talent Agents


Writers Rally Behind WGA as Agents Warn of ‘Chaos,’ Dig In Against ‘Threat’

As the industry awaits the fallout from the split between writers and Hollywood’s established talent agents, many WGA members spent the weekend rallying support for the guild’s position and working to establish online networks to connect writers with prospective employers. Meanwhile, the Association of Talent Agents vowed to dig in on its opposition to the […]
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Writers Rally, Agents Dig In Over The Weekend

Writers vs. agents heated up over the weekend, and the sides don’t look any closer than they were last week. “The contract battle between the WGA and Association of Talent Agents came to a boil on Friday night, just as broadcast TV’s traditional staffing season is starting. With the broadcast network upfronts only a month away, pilot orders will be made in the coming weeks, which means showrunners will need to fill out writers rooms.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, WGA, Association of Talent Agents, 04.15.19


Patton Oswalt, Danny Zuker, More WGA Members Post Termination Letters

High-profile members of the Writers Guild of America, including Patton Oswalt and Danny Zuker, have celebrated firing their agents in compliance with the WGA’s order to do so. Oswalt fired UTA diplomatically, saying, “I have an amazing agency that represents me. But I have an even better guild that stands my me.” I have an […]
Tags: News, John August, Patton Oswalt, Danny Zuker, Association of Talent Agents, WGA Agency Fight


Patton Oswalt, David Simon, Danny Zuker, More WGA Members Post Termination Letters

High-profile members of the Writers Guild of America, including Patton Oswalt, David Simon, Shawn Ryan, Michael Schur, John August, Amy Berg, Danny Zuker and many more have gone public with letters formally firing their agents in compliance with the WGA’s order to do so. The order from the WGA came down Friday night after negotiations […]
Tags: News, John August, Patton Oswalt, Danny Zuker, Association of Talent Agents, WGA Agency Fight


Hollywood Upended as Unions Tell Writers to Fire Agents

Talks between TV and movie writers and their agencies on a new code of conduct broke off before a midnight deadline. “It has become clear a big change is necessary,” the Writers Guild of America said.
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Hollywood Writers Plan to Fire Agents After Talks Break Off

A dispute between television writers and their agents reached an impasse before a midnight deadline. “There is no settlement,” the Writers Guild of America said.
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Writers, Agents Negotiating Again With Potential Chaos Looming

Hollywood writers and agents are scheduled to make a final run at revamping the rules governing how agents represent writers with a potentially chaotic scenario approaching. Negotiations are scheduled to begin again at 3 p.m. PDT — a mere nine hours before the expiration of the current franchise agreement. The Writers Guild of America is […]
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Agents Warn Writers Against Using Managers, Lawyers to Make Deals

Hollywood agents have warned the Writers Guild of America against authorizing managers and lawyers to negotiate deals for writers in place of agents. The letter was sent Friday morning, with the WGA expected to require a mass firing of agents as early as Saturday morning if the guild makes a deal with agents to revamp […]
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Talent Agents Offer to Share Packaging Fee Revenue With WGA

Hollywood’s major talent agencies have offered to share a portion of the revenue generated from TV and film packaging fees with the WGA to avoid the prospect of thousands of writers firing their agents as early as Saturday. The financial offer was part of a lengthy proposal sent by the Association of Talent Agents to […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Caa, WME, Writers Guild Of America, UTA, WGA, Association of Talent Agents, WGA Agency Fight


Writers Guild, Agents Set to Resume Talks as Time Runs Out

Leaders of the Writers Guild and Hollywood agents are set to resume talks Thursday with a deadline looming to reach a deal over the next two days — or face potential chaos when the weekend starts. The two sides held off on meeting Wednesday after the Association of Talent Agents scrubbed a planned get-together with […]
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WGA, Agents Discuss Packaging, Ownership as Deadline Looms

Leaders of the Writers Guild and Hollywood agents have concluded their third meeting in four days with discussion of the key issues of packaging fees and ownership of production companies. Tuesday afternoon’s session at the WGA West headquarters in Los Angeles lasted several hours, with small groups representing both sides. The negotiators are facing an […]
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Writers Guild, Agents Resume Meeting on Tightened Rules

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood agents are holding their first meeting since agreeing to a six-day delay on implementing tightened rules on agents. The meeting took place Monday afternoon at the WGA West headquarters in Los Angeles, two days after the two sides averted a potentially chaotic scenario that would have […]
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Writers Agree to Six-Day Delay for Tightened Agency Rules

The Writers Guild of America has announced a six-day delay on tightened rules on Hollywood agents. The WGA announced in a message to members just before 10 p.m. Saturday that it would wait until 12:01 am April 13 to implement its new “Code of Conduct.” The rules — which would have required most WGA members […]
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Hollywood Agents Blast Writers Guild With Deadline Looming

In a message underlining the diminishing prospect for a deal between Hollywood agents and writers, the agents’ top negotiator has excoriated leaders of the Writers Guild of America. Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, sent the message to members Friday evening, with only 28 hours left to work out a new […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Caa, WME, Writers Guild Of America, UTA, Association of Talent Agents, Writers Guild of America Karen Stuart


International Writers Guilds Support WGA in Fight With Agents

The International Affiliation of Writers Guilds has announced full support for the Writers Guild of America in its battle with Hollywood talent agents. The announcement was issued Thursday with the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents in a standoff over the rules governing how WGA members are represented by agents. The two sides, which […]
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Writers, Agents Leaving Hollywood Mired in Uncertainty

Leaders of Hollywood agents and writers have conducted what’s become a deeply disappointing set of negotiations — fueling the town’s growing uncertainty over the outcome. As of late Wednesday afternoon, neither the Writers Guild of America not the Association of Talent Agents would disclose when — or if — they will meet again. The two […]
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Writers Guild Preps Members for Life Without Agents, Debuts Submission System

The leaders of the Writers Guild of America have started laying the groundwork for writer members to operate without agents. The WGA notified members Monday that its joint WGA East and WGA West Staffing Submission System has gone live. The notification came a day after after the WGA announced that its members had voted overwhelmingly […]
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SAG-AFTRA Backs WGA Fight Against Agents

SAG-AFTRA has announced support for the Writers Guild of America in its acrimonious battle to tighten restrictions on talent agents. “We congratulate the Writers Guild of America on their successful membership vote and applaud the Guild for taking steps in the best interests of their members,” SAG-AFTRA said. “We stand with our sister union in […]
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WGA Members Vote to Tighten Talent Agency Rules

Members of the Writers Guild of America have voted overwhelmingly to support tightened restrictions on their agents — setting up a potentially chaotic scenario a week from now. The vote was 7,882 in favor of creating a new “Code of Conduct” for agents representing WGA with 392 voting against — that’s more than 95% supporting. […]
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Writers Guild Leaders Double Down on Threat to Sue Talent Agencies

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have repeated a threat to sue the major Hollywood talent agencies for alleged conflicts of interest. The leaders issued the threat Saturday during a members-only meeting at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., attended by about 300, according to an attendee. The meeting was the fourth […]
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J.J. Abrams Voices Support for Writers Guild in Battle Against Agents

J.J. Abrams has added his name to the more than 750 showrunners and screenwriters backing the Writers Guild’s battle against talent agencies taking packaging fees and owning production companies. Abrams sent a message out Wednesday afternoon, four days after the letter of support was issued. The 15,000 members of the WGA will begin five days […]
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WGA Negotiations Will Go Down to the Wire, Hollywood Agents Are Warned

The top negotiator for Hollywood agents has told members that the Writers Guild of America will not make a deal until near the April 7 expiration of the franchise agreement. Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, issued the missive at mid-day Wednesday and blamed the guild over the lack of progress […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Caa, WME, Writers Guild Of America, UTA, WGA, Association of Talent Agents, Karen Stuart, WGA Agency Fight, Hollywood Agents Are Warned


Writers Guild Begins Voting on ‘Code of Conduct,’ Setting Stage for Agent Firings

Amid shaky prospects for a new deal with Hollywood agents, members of the Writers Guild of America have started voting on a “code of conduct” that will enable writers to fire their agents on April 7. Five days of online voting by the 15,000 WGA members began Wednesday morning. The code includes provisions eliminating agency […]
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Writers Guild Posts Scathing Video Attack on Agency Packaging

The Writers Guild of America, which is threatening to require members to fire their agents, has posted a scathing video attacking how major agencies conduct packaging. Titled “Agency Conflicts of Interest,” the video explains that compensation for writers has declined by 23% between 2014 and 2016 and blames the agencies for taking packaging fees on […]
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Agents Accuse Writers Guild of Threatening to Throw ‘Industry Into Chaos’

The dealmakers appear to be getting nowhere. Negotiators for Hollywood agents and the Writers Guild of America have achieved little progress at their seventh session on Tuesday, with a chaotic scenario looming on April 7. “When Guild leadership is ready to move on from their declared threatening phase, we stand ready to work through these […]
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Writers Guild Plans for Agency Pact Expiration: ‘There Will Be Difficult Moments’

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have sent members contingency plans for the possible expiration of its agency franchise agreement on April 7 — and admitted that it may be a rocky road. Members received the letter Tuesday from the guild’s negotiating committee as the WGA and agents were about the hold their seventh […]
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Studios Reject WGA Request to Ban Non-Franchised Talent Agents

Studios have rejected a request by the Writers Guild of America to bar talent agents if the current franchise agreement expires on April 7, saying it could expose them to extensive legal damages. The WGA will hold five days of member voting starting March 27 on a proposed “code of conduct” eliminating agency packaging fees […]
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