Writers Guild Spurns Informal Talks With Talent Agents on Agency Rules

The Writers Guild of America has spurned an offer of informal talks by Hollywood’s talent agents about the WGA’s effort to revamp the rules for agents — insisting that it will only do so in “formal” negotiations. The missi…

The Writers Guild of America has spurned an offer of informal talks by Hollywood’s talent agents about the WGA’s effort to revamp the rules for agents — insisting that it will only do so in “formal” negotiations. The missive underlines the animosity that the leaders of the guild have towards Hollywood’s two largest agencies — WME […]

WGA Rejects ATA’s Offer Of Informal Talks In Advance Of Agency Rules Showdown

EXCLUSIVE: Leaders of the WGA East and WGA West have rejected the Association of Talent Agents’ offer to sit down for informal discussions in advance of formal bargaining next year on a new agreement governing the relationship between agents and writer…

EXCLUSIVE: Leaders of the WGA East and WGA West have rejected the Association of Talent Agents' offer to sit down for informal discussions in advance of formal bargaining next year on a new agreement governing the relationship between agents and writers. And in another sign that the guilds intend to play hardball in their efforts to reshape the agency business, sources say the WGA West has budgeted a whopping $600,000 to cover the cost of those upcoming negotiations. ATA…

Hollywood Agents Propose Informal Talks With Writers Guild Over Rule Changes

Hollywood’s talent agents have proposed launching informal talks with the Writers Guild of America in response to the WGA’s effort to revamp the rules for agents. Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, issued …

Hollywood’s talent agents have proposed launching informal talks with the Writers Guild of America in response to the WGA’s effort to revamp the rules for agents. Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, issued a letter on Thursday to guild leaders seeking an informal meeting to better understand the WGA’s concerns and […]

Association Of Talent Agents Reaches Out To WGA To Discuss New Franchise Agreement

The Association of Talent Agents has reached out to the WGA with an offer to sit down for informal talks in advance of negotiations for a new franchise agreement that governs how agencies represent writers. It’s the first conciliatory move by either si…

The Association of Talent Agents has reached out to the WGA with an offer to sit down for informal talks in advance of negotiations for a new franchise agreement that governs how agencies represent writers. It's the first conciliatory move by either side since April, when the WGA East and West gave the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate their existing agreement, known as the Artists' Manager Basic Agreement. In a letter to the heads of both unions, ATA executive director K…

WGA East Leader Blames Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest For Writers’ Declining “Quotes”

As the Writers Guild prepares to sit down to negotiate a new deal with the Association of Talent Agents, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson is blaming the agencies’ “conflicts of interest” in the packaging of scripted TV shows for the decline …

As the Writers Guild prepares to sit down to negotiate a new deal with the Association of Talent Agents, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson is blaming the agencies' "conflicts of interest" in the packaging of scripted TV shows for the decline in writers' quotes" – the wages they earned on their last assignments. In a recent letter to his members and to the WGA East's council, Peterson says that writers' quotes increasingly are moving downward toward the guild's…

ATA Backs Legislation Requiring Agencies To Offer Sexual-Harassment Prevention Training

The Association of Talent Agents is supporting legislation pending in the California Assembly that would require talent agencies to provide sexual-harassment prevention training to their employees and to the artists they represent. It also would requir…

The Association of Talent Agents is supporting legislation pending in the California Assembly that would require talent agencies to provide sexual-harassment prevention training to their employees and to the artists they represent. It also would require the state Labor Commissioner to provide child actors and their parents or legal guardians with training in sexual harassment prevention prior to the issuance of a permit to employ a minor in the entertainment industry. ATA…

WGA Seeks To Reshape Talent Agency Business With Proposal For New Deal

EXCLUSIVE: The Writers Guild wants to completely reshape the talent agency business, putting an end to packaging and stopping the agencies’ nascent ventures into film and television production.
In their proposals for a new agreement with the Associatio…

EXCLUSIVE: The Writers Guild wants to completely reshape the talent agency business, putting an end to packaging and stopping the agencies' nascent ventures into film and television production. In their proposals for a new agreement with the Association of Talent Agents, the WGA East and WGA West have proposed that "No agency shall accept any money or thing of value from the employer of a client." That would effectively end all packaging deals, in which agencies receive…

Writers Guild Seeks to Renegotiate Agreement With Agents

Amping up the argument over possible conflicts of interest, the Writers Guild of America has notified Hollywood agents that it wants to renegotiate its 42-year-old franchise agreement. “After months of member outreach, the WGA West board and WGA East council have voted unanimously to reopen the Guilds’ 42-year-old agency agreement,” the WGA West said in […]

Amping up the argument over possible conflicts of interest, the Writers Guild of America has notified Hollywood agents that it wants to renegotiate its 42-year-old franchise agreement. “After months of member outreach, the WGA West board and WGA East council have voted unanimously to reopen the Guilds’ 42-year-old agency agreement,” the WGA West said in […]

WGA Moves To Renegotiate Packaging Agreement With Talent Agents

The WGA East and West have notified the Association of Talent Agents that they want to renegotiate their decades-old agreement covering packaging of TV series. “After months of member outreach, the WGA West board and WGA East council have voted unanimously to reopen the Guilds’ 42-year-old agency agreement,” the WGA West said in a email to its members.
To set a deadline for the talks, the guilds say they have sent the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate the existing deal…

The WGA East and West have notified the Association of Talent Agents that they want to renegotiate their decades-old agreement covering packaging of TV series. "After months of member outreach, the WGA West board and WGA East council have voted unanimously to reopen the Guilds' 42-year-old agency agreement," the WGA West said in a email to its members. To set a deadline for the talks, the guilds say they have sent the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate the existing deal…

WGA Members Hear Final Pitch for Need to Renegotiate Packaging Deal With Talent Agencies

Members of the WGA West gathered for their third and final meeting tonight to hear their leaders lay the groundwork for renegotiating the guild’s decades-old agreement with the Association of Talent Agents covering the packaging of TV series.
Leaders of the WGA East and West haven’t yet reached out to the ATA to renegotiate the pact, but say there’s growing concern among their members about the “conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging,” in which agencies…

Members of the WGA West gathered for their third and final meeting tonight to hear their leaders lay the groundwork for renegotiating the guild's decades-old agreement with the Association of Talent Agents covering the packaging of TV series. Leaders of the WGA East and West haven't yet reached out to the ATA to renegotiate the pact, but say there's growing concern among their members about the "conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging," in which agencies…

Talent Agents’ Anti-Sex Harassment Training Session Underway

Representatives from Hollywood’s talent agencies are taking part in a training session today on preventing and reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. Chaired by Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, the seminar is aimed teaching agents to act as “first responders” when their clients are subjected to sexual harassment and abuse.
Today’s training session is Hollywood’s latest effort to confront the sexual harassment scandal arising…

Representatives from Hollywood's talent agencies are taking part in a training session today on preventing and reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. Chaired by Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, the seminar is aimed teaching agents to act as "first responders" when their clients are subjected to sexual harassment and abuse. Today's training session is Hollywood's latest effort to confront the sexual harassment scandal arising…

WGA Not Alone in Challenging TV Packaging Deals; 9th Circuit To Rule In Legal Case

Oral arguments heard last month in an anti-packaging case before the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals are drawing parallels to allegations made by the WGA, which has accused the major Hollywood talent agencies of monopolizing the packaging of scripted TV shows.
The WGA East and WGA West claim the packaging profits reaped by the top agencies pose an inherent “conflict of interest” to their fiduciary duty to represent the best interests of writers, and are preparing to r…

Oral arguments heard last month in an anti-packaging case before the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals are drawing parallels to allegations made by the WGA, which has accused the major Hollywood talent agencies of monopolizing the packaging of scripted TV shows. The WGA East and WGA West claim the packaging profits reaped by the top agencies pose an inherent "conflict of interest" to their fiduciary duty to represent the best interests of writers, and are preparing to r…

WGA Looks To Renegotiate Franchise Agreement With Talent Agent Group

The WGA wants to renegotiate its franchise agreement with the Association of Talent Agents that governs how agencies represent writers. The contract, known as the Artists’ Manager Basic Agreement, “has not been renegotiated for 42 years and is completely out of date,” WGA West leaders told their members in an email.
One of the key issues the guild wants to address is the “conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging,” in which agencies produce and package…

The WGA wants to renegotiate its franchise agreement with the Association of Talent Agents that governs how agencies represent writers. The contract, known as the Artists' Manager Basic Agreement, "has not been renegotiated for 42 years and is completely out of date," WGA West leaders told their members in an email. One of the key issues the guild wants to address is the "conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging," in which agencies produce and package…

Writers Guild Seeking Members’ Views on Potential Talent Agency Conflicts

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are considering renegotiating the guild’s agency franchise agreement and are asking their 10,000 members for their views. The issue has gained prominence in recent months due to Hollywood’s two largest agencies — WME and CAA — aggressively moving into production. Variety reported on Feb. 13 that the issue has […]

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are considering renegotiating the guild’s agency franchise agreement and are asking their 10,000 members for their views. The issue has gained prominence in recent months due to Hollywood’s two largest agencies — WME and CAA — aggressively moving into production. Variety reported on Feb. 13 that the issue has […]

Association Of Talent Agents Sets Date For Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Session

The Association of Talent Agents, representing more than 100 talent agencies, will hold a training session for members March 20 to review best practices for the prevention of sex harassment and discrimination.
“The session will explain what constitutes unlawful sexual harassment, obligations under the law, including the California Talent Agencies Act and best practice policies,” the ATA told its members. “Our expert presenters/panelists will walk us through real-life…

The Association of Talent Agents, representing more than 100 talent agencies, will hold a training session for members March 20 to review best practices for the prevention of sex harassment and discrimination. "The session will explain what constitutes unlawful sexual harassment, obligations under the law, including the California Talent Agencies Act and best practice policies," the ATA told its members. "Our expert presenters/panelists will walk us through real-life…

Association Of Talent Agents Sets Training Program To Battle Sexual Harassment, Discrimination

Noting that talent agents can be “first responders” in matters involving the sexual harassment of their clients, the Association of Talent Agents today sent a notice to its members on the group’s continuing efforts to “eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination in our industry.”
The notice, from ATA executive director Karen Stuart, says that “the ATA board believes we can play a unique and important role by offering a blended educational/training program designed to…

Noting that talent agents can be "first responders" in matters involving the sexual harassment of their clients, the Association of Talent Agents today sent a notice to its members on the group's continuing efforts to "eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination in our industry." The notice, from ATA executive director Karen Stuart, says that "the ATA board believes we can play a unique and important role by offering a blended educational/training program designed to…

ATA Teams With Actors Fund To Locate Child Stars Owed $1 Million

The Association of Talent Agents is reaching out to its member agencies to help locate more than 500 child actors and former child stars who are collectively owed more than $1 million in unclaimed earnings that are being held for them by Actors Fund.
Some 19,000 current and former child actors have money coming to them, including more than 500 who are each owed over $1,000, and another 42 who are each owed more than $5,000. Some are owed much more. The most the fund has…

The Association of Talent Agents is reaching out to its member agencies to help locate more than 500 child actors and former child stars who are collectively owed more than $1 million in unclaimed earnings that are being held for them by Actors Fund. Some 19,000 current and former child actors have money coming to them, including more than 500 who are each owed over $1,000, and another 42 who are each owed more than $5,000. Some are owed much more. The most the fund has…

SAG-AFTRA Teams With ATA To Pay Actors’ Unclaimed Residuals

EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA and the Association of Talent Agents have worked out a deal that should make it easier for thousands of actors to collect their unclaimed residuals. The union is holding nearly $50 million in unclaimed SAG residuals for more than 100,000 performers it can’t locate.
“With the help and support of the Association of Talent Agents, SAG-AFTRA has introduced an additional process to help performers collect unclaimed residuals,” the union said in a…

EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA and the Association of Talent Agents have worked out a deal that should make it easier for thousands of actors to collect their unclaimed residuals. The union is holding nearly $50 million in unclaimed SAG residuals for more than 100,000 performers it can't locate. "With the help and support of the Association of Talent Agents, SAG-AFTRA has introduced an additional process to help performers collect unclaimed residuals," the union said in a…