The Franchise Agreement is a landmark agreement that realigns agency incentives with their writer-clients and eliminates the conflicts of interest inherent in agencies’ receipt of packaging fees and financial interest in production entities. Signatory agencies may only represent writers for a 10% commission. The right to negotiate packaging fees terminates on June 30, 2022. A franchised agency and its owners may not own more than a 20% stake in a production or distribution entity. WGA members may only be represented for WGA-covered work by agencies signed to a Franchise Agreement.
The Franchise Agreement also contains important provisions on how agencies must represent writers, provide timely information to the WGA to enforce the collective bargaining agreement and writers’ individual agreements, and promote non-discrimination and inclusion.
For more information, please review the linked information provided below.
If you have questions, please contact the Agency Department or call (323) 782-4502.
The Franchise Agreement, including Rider W and the Rules Governing Arbitration, regulates the relationship among the WGA, the signatory agency, and WGA represented writers. There are various iterations of the Franchise Agreement; please contact the Agency Department if you have a question about the particular Franchise Agreement your agency has signed.
Rider W contains standard contract provisions that are deemed incorporated into all representation agreements, written or oral, between WGA represented writers and signatory agencies.
Rules Governing Arbitration
The Rules Governing Arbitration provide an efficient mechanism for resolving any dispute arising under the Agency Code of Conduct or individual representation agreements.
ADDITIONAL AGENCY INFORMATION
Become a Franchised Agency
If you are a talent agency that wishes to represent WGA members, you must be franchised by the WGA.
Signatory Agency List
The following agencies are signatory to the Code of Conduct or a Franchise Agreement with the Guild and accordingly may represent writers.