Writers Guild Leaders Warn Members About Contact With Fired Agents

Variety | 7/16/2019 | Dave McNary
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Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are warning members about being contacted by their former agents — asserting that such efforts are an attempt to undermine the WGA and its members.

The missive, sent Tuesday from the WGA negotiating committee, came with the guild in a bitter three-month standoff with talent agents that appears to be without resolution. No negotiations have taken place since last month, and none are scheduled.

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The WGA directed its members on April 12 to fire their agents following the major agencies’ refusal to sign onto a new Code of Conduct, which bars the agencies from collecting packaging fees and from owning interests in production companies. Five days later, the WGA and eight members sued CAA, WME, UTA and ICM Partners, alleging that the agencies had been acting illegally in collecting packaging fees. CAA, WME and UTA sued the WGA last month, alleging that the guild had abused its collective bargaining power.

About 7,000 agents were fired following the April 12 directive. The WGA has about 15,000 members.

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The WGA said in its Tuesday message, “Since April, members have reported hearing from their former agencies and outreach has intensified over...
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