Edgar Wright, Shonda Rhimes among nearly 800 writers vowing to fire agents if talks fail

Screen | 3/24/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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Edgar Wright, James Bond writer Neal Purvis, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, and Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy are among more than 770 showrunners, screenwriters and writer-directors who have said they will fire their agents should the parties not find a way to reach a new franchise agreement.

The list of signatories to the Statement of Support, which comprises the upper echelon of the Writers Guild Of America West’s (WGA West) members and represents some 4% of the Guild’s approximately 20,000 membership, was made public on Saturday (23).

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WGA West negotiators are preparing to reconvene with their counterparts at the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) on Tuesday. The Statement of Support means signatories will quit their agencies should there be no new deal in place. On Wednesday WGA members will vote on a revised code of conduct that calls for a ban on contentious agency packaging fees and affiliated production companies.

The writers claim packaging fees and affiliated production entities demonstrate a conflict of interest at the agencies, whom they say have moved away from their core...
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