Writers And Agents Battle On

In the age of maximum TV, the battle between the union representing screenwriters (WGA) and the four major talent agencies (WME, CAA, UTA & Paradigm) continues on both the negotiation and litigation front.

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The Writers Guild’s beef is that the agents are engaged in a conflict of interest when they obtain “packaging fees” from studios and when they produce their own films, though waiving their 10% commissions.

The WGA has encouraged writers to fire their agents as a job action and about 7,000 have done so. But, as the fight is dragging on, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that about 200 writers have retreated back to their agents, while some 500 writers, calling themselves “Writers For Negotiation,” are calling for a settlement before the WGA engages in battle with the studios when that contract expires in Spring 2020.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hollywood-writers-struggle-to-get-on-same-page-in-fight-against-agents-11563615002

About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9
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