Attorney Michael Gendler Addresses WGA-ATA Dispute, Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix Deal at Variety’s Power of Law

Variety | 4/10/2019 | Joe Otterson
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Entertainment law powerhouse Michael Gendler touched on a range of topics during a keynote conversation at Variety’s Power of Law breakfast presented by City National Bank held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday, including the ongoing dispute between the Writers Guild and the major talent agencies.

Speaking with Variety‘s co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller, Gendler said he does not believe the Guild and the agencies will reach an agreement by this Friday.

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“It’s going to take compromise,” Gendler said. “People have criticized the guild for ratcheting things up and for awhile there, the dialogue felt like the national dialogue, which is a lot of name calling and people talking past each other. But in fairness to the Guild, I think the Guild did what it needed to do to get everybody’s attention, and not just the agents’ attention but its members’ attention. Having done that, it is my hope that they are going to use that leverage to work out a deal. I don’t think there is any upside to there being blood in the water and chaos.”

“This is something that needs to get resolved,” he continued. “It’s creating unnecessary tension. And I think it will get resolved, and we can move forward and deal with the bigger issue which is the issue of transitions in the business and what’s coming.”

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The transitions Gendler mentioned specifically were those of how talent is being paid, given the fact that episode orders are being reduced nearly across the board. Whereas networks used to typically order 22-episode seasons of a show, with talent...
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