Spiro Skentzos @spirographo – 15 Nov 2019
The WGA is engaged in a campaign to end conflicted agency practices and require agencies to align their interests with writers. In March, WGA members voted 95.3% to implement the Agency Code of Conduct. In April, over 7,000 members terminated their representation with unfranchised agencies. After months of intransigence from the Association of Talent Agencies, the WGA has shifted to negotiating franchise agreements with individual agencies.
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WGA Statement of Purpose: Why Agencies Must Change
Our agents work for us. Every dollar they make must be generated as a percentage of the money we make. That is what it means to be our representatives and our fiduciaries. Agency-based studios and packaging fees make a mockery of that and are in violation of the agencies’ ethical and legal obligations to writers. We have taken too long to demand that these practices end. But the persistence of a corrupt system does not make it right. And putting things right does not blow up the business. We do not owe our agents their wealth; they owe us their loyalty. That is what we pay for. In a complex, changing, yet immensely profitable time in our industry, writers need true allies, not deeply conflicted ones. It is for this idea—simple, old-fashioned and un-revolutionary—that we stand—and for which we come together as a Guild again today.