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WGA: 92 Percent of Writers Who Signed Statement of Support Have Fired Agents

The Writers Guild of America estimated that over 92 perent of supporting members have, in writing, terminated agents who are not in good standing with the guild’s new code of conduct. A late Thursday memo obtained by Variety from the WGA said the termination letters will be delivered en masse on Monday, as many agencies […]
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WGA: 92 Percent of Writers Have Fired Agents, Mass Delivery of Termination Letters Coming Monday

The Writers Guild of America estimated that over 92 percent of supporting members have terminated in writing agents who are not in good standing with the guild’s new code of conduct. A late Thursday memo  obtained by Variety from the WGA said the termination letters will be delivered en masse on Monday, as many agencies […]
Tags: News, Writers Guild Of America, Variety, WGA, WGA Agency Battle


ATA Warns Managers and Lawyers of Legal Threat for Procuring Writer Jobs Amid WGA Battle

The Association of Talent Agencies is asking its members to drop a dime on managers and lawyers who help writers find jobs while the battle between the ATA and WGA rages on. ATA executive director Karen Stuart decried what she called “unlawful conduct” on the part of the WGA. On Monday, the guild told its […]
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In lawsuit, Hollywood writers slam agencies over ‘packaging’ deals

The Writers Guild of America fired its latest round in a rapidly escalating struggle with major Hollywood talent agencies by filing a lawsuit Wednesday. Conflict over the practice of packaging led the union to instruct its members Friday to fire any agents who have not signed onto a new Code of Conduct designed to curb the practice. Packaging is a long-standing industry practice in which agencies sell bundles of their writers, directors and/or actors to studios or other producers for a show in l...
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Scriptnotes, Ep 395: All in this Together, Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, it’s John. So today’s episode was recorded on Friday when it looked very likely that writers would be leaving their agents this week. But then a twist. Just hours before the agreement was set to expire the deadline was pushed back to this Friday and negotiations are continuing. So, now you’re all caught up, and on with the show. Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And thi...
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Hollywood writers escalate war with lawsuit against talent agencies

Hollywood writers escalate war with lawsuit against talent agencies, as WGA sues CAA, ICM, WME and UTA
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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,” […]
Tags: Hollywood, California, Writers Guild Of America, WGA, Writers Guild, Association of Talent Agents, WGA Agency Battle, WME CAA UTA


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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Big Numbers

John and Craig talk big numbers, from the latest developments in the WGA/agency situation, to the announcement of Disney+ and the final installment of the Star Wars non-ology. We also answer listener questions about writers who aren’t in the guild and how to spend your time writing. Links: Timelapse of the Entire Universe by John Boswell Disney+ News The Rise of Skywalker teaser What It’s Like to Grow Up With More Money Than You’ll Ever Spend Anita May Rosenstein Campus of Los Angeles LGBT C...
Tags: Disney, Los Angeles, John, John August, Craig, Skywalker, WGA, Craig Mazin, Disney News, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, John Boswell, Scriptnotes Digital Seasons, Anita May Rosenstein, Lou Stone Borenstein


The WGA and ATA Need a Voice of Reason (Column)

Where is Lew Wasserman when you need him? Hollywood could desperately use an industry statesman to step in and help bridge the acrimonious divide between writers and agents. The current vitriol is sure to be ratcheted up even more this week if the WGA and ATA make good on their threats to sue each other. […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, ATA, WGA, Lew Wasserman, WGA Agency Fight


Writer Jon Robin Baitz Defies WGA Order to Fire Agent, Slams Guild Leadership

Outspoken playwright and TV writer Jon Robin Baitz has become the first WGA member to openly challenge the guild’s directive that members fire their talent agents. Baitz penned a letter to WGA leaders explaining his refusal to sever ties with his representatives at CAA, praising Bryan Lourd, Joe Cohen and others for sticking by him […]
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DGA Won’t Tell Writer-Directors to Fire Their Agents

The Directors Guild of America will not tell hyphenate members — those belong to both the DGA and Writers Guild of America — to fire their agents. A rep for the DGA responded Monday to Variety‘s request for comment on the issue. The WGA had told members on April 12 to fire their agents if […]
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The WGA-ATA dispute -- Where do we stand?

Too early to tell. The WGA and agents (ATA) could not reach a deal by zero hour this past weekend so we all are obligated to fire our TV and movie writing agents. Where does that leave... [Author: By Ken Levine]
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The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner Leaves Her Agent As WGA Members Terminate Agency Ties

Krista Vernoff: “It was hard to part ways with [my agent] when the deadline expired for talks between the guild and the agencies. I say ‘part ways’ because I did not fire my agent. Instead, I quoted Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘See you on the other side of the war.’ In response, my agent did what agents do: he tried to sell me. He tried to sell me on the idea that it is my guild that is being unreasonable here. He tried to sell me on the idea that this action by my guild is damaging and irresponsible t...
Tags: Art, Issues, Grey, Lin Manuel Miranda, WGA, Krista Vernoff, 04.14.19


United States: Deputy Lawyer; WGA Tries Preemption Route In ATA Dispute - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

The ongoing dispute between the Writers' Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agencies took a new turn recently when the WGA announced that it would use the authority granted to it under the NLRA
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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


WGA to Members: ‘There Is No Deal,’ Fire Your Agents

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have told their 15,000 members to fire their agents. Members began sending the dismissal letters to agencies soon after the announcement that negotiations for a new agreement with agencies had collapsed. I've fired a few agents in my time. This one was by far`the easiest! Proud to stand […]
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WGA to Members: ‘There Is No Deal,’ Fire Your Agents at Midnight

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have told their 15,000 members to fire their agents at midnight. The unprecedented movie came with the WGA’s negotiating committee announcing late Friday afternoon that it had not been able to reach a deal with the agents to revamp the 46-year-old franchise agreement. “So what happens now?” the […]
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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 […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Writers Guild Of America, WGA, Association of Talent Agents, WGA Agency Fight


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 […]
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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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WGA, Talent Agents Expected to Meet Again Today

Representatives of the Writers Guild of America and Association of Talent Agents are expected to meet today as they try to hammer out a compromise on a new agency franchise agreement. A meeting today would mark the third face-to-face session for WGA and ATA reps in the past four days. The sides were up against […]
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Inside the WGA-ATA Meeting That Led to Reprieve in Agency Battle

A flurry of phone calls and emails and one crucial text message led to Saturday’s stealth meeting between WGA representatives and talent agency leaders. The four-hour session at WGA West headquarters ended with the guild agreeing to a six-day delay in implementing new rules governing agents who represent the guild’s 15,000 members. The sides are […]
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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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WGA, Top Agencies Poised for Bitter Break as Franchise Agreement Expires at Midnight

The WGA and Hollywood’s major talent agencies are moving into a new phase of battle as the guild’s existing agency franchise agreement expires at midnight PT tonight and no negotiations are on the horizon. On Saturday morning, pessimism about the possibility of an eleventh-hour deal was compounded by the fact that key players from both […]
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Scriptnotes, Ep 393: Twenty Questions About the Agency Agreement Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August and this is Episode 393 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig is off in London finishing up the sound mix for Chernobyl. So this was originally going to be a repeat episode but a lot has happened this past week with the agency agreement. So instead I wanted to bring on two writers to help us make sense of it all. First, Ch...
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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 […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Writers Guild Of America, WGA, Association of Talent Agents, International Affiliation of Writers Guilds, International Writers Guilds Support WGA


Industry Braces for ‘Wrexit’ if WGA, Agents Don’t Reach Deal

As the clock ticks down to Saturday’s deadline for the Writers Guild of America and talent agencies to reach a new franchise agreement, anxiety is rising over the impact on employment and dealmaking if writers and agents wind up parting ways. Industry sources said there have been back-channeling efforts among a handful of prominent showrunners […]
Tags: News, Writers Guild Of America, ATA, WGA, WGA Agency Fight, Wrexit


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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