Scribes Show Support for Writers Guild Leaders in Talent Agency Fight

Variety | 2/13/2019 | Dave McNary
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Despite a cold and rainy night, Hollywood writers have given a strong endorsement of the leadership of the Writers Guild of America in the current battle over talent agency regulations.

About 1,000 members attended a spirited meeting at the Sheraton Universal Hotel on Wednesday night, a week after the first formal negotiating sessions between agencies and the WGA to discuss the guild’s proposals to revamp key rules for agents.

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“There was a lot of unity tonight,” one member said. “It reminded me of the meetings two years ago to support a strike authorization.”

Both sides will meet again on Feb. 19, seven weeks before the current franchise agreement expires. During the past year, the WGA has been pressuring Hollywood’s agencies to revamp the rules for agents due to affiliates of Hollywood’s two largest agencies — WME and CAA — moving aggressively into production, creating the potential for conflicts of interest that arise when the same company represents the creative talent on one side of the table and is the employer on the other.

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The key WGA proposals would effectively end all packaging deals, in which agencies receive both upfront and backend fees. The WGA has also proposed that “no agency shall have an ownership or other financial interest in, or shall be owned by or affiliated with, any entity or individual engaged in the production or distribution of motion...
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