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WGA accepts the offer of agencies to continue the talks initiated by Jay Sures of UTA – Update – Deadline



UPDATE 20:15 : Hours after UTA Co-President Jay Sures contacted WGA West President David A. Goodman with a proposal on behalf of the agencies to resume negotiations with a meeting next week, Goodman responded. "Thank you for your offer, which I accept on behalf of the WGA," he wrote without further details. "We continue to believe that there is a deal that aligns the agency's interests with those of the authors. We are looking forward to your message. (You can read his full email at the post office.)

PREVIOUS 17:20 UTA Co-President Jay Sures has contacted WGA West President David A. Goodman – a former UTA customer called for a resumption of negotiations for a new franchise agreement next week.

The e-mail with the subject "Back to the Room" was sent this afternoon. It was shared with UTA customers and quickly became a hot topic among agents and writers. Although the letter was personal, from Sures to Goodman, we have heard that all members of the Association of Talent Agents Negotiation Committee were aware of this and joined the proposal of the UTA Chief.

"What I've heard from many Your members want us to sit at the negotiating table again. They want a deal and they want one now, "Sures wrote. "If this dispute really concerns the packaging and production of branches, we are ready to return to the table with you. We are open to the concept of real revenue sharing and have already committed ourselves to the requirements of explicit customer consent and general transparency and accountability.

Sures suggested a time and place for the meeting of both sides.

"We should fight through your pages for the things writers need and deserve in their upcoming AMPTP negotiations. So, in that sense, let's go into a smaller room next week and put ALL topics on the table. Our group will be there. Please try to get yours. If possible, we plan to visit one of our previous venues next Wednesday. Many people depend on us to get everyone working again.

When the Agencies and the Writers Guild meet – the WGA has not responded yet – it's the first time negotiations have been canceled on April 12 Sures had contacted Goodman for a last minute appointment , which provided for a one-week extension of talks before the original deadline for April 6. The additional negotiations gained some ground, but made little progress on the two core issues, although the ATA offered to share a small portion (0.8%) of their packaging fees with writers about packaged deals.

Here is the full email from Sures:

Dear David –

As a longtime customer (now a former customer) of UTA and as someone I talked to on the go in the WGA / ATA dispute I, I would try again to contact you find a way to a solution to this mess. It has been more than a month since we all sat at the negotiating table, which I considered to be a sincere negotiation in good faith.

What I've heard from many of your members is that they want to have us back in the negotiations table. They want a deal and they want one now. Many believe that this struggle has taken too long and those who have not had any jobs or business deals that feel disadvantaged. Screenwriters are charged unfairly. I know that you have received many of these notes from members, as it was these notes with the passionate desire to make a new agreement that were passed on to me and my agent colleagues.

We are now at a crossroads. The lawsuit your guild filed a month ago and changed this week is a reality. By law, we have to respond and we will do it. We will be forced to defend ourselves, our reputation, our hard work and our integrity with everything we have. I know you would do the same if the roles were reversed.

We have recognized packaging and related manufacturing concerns and set up comprehensive agency standards for customer representation focused on customer choice, transparency and generally accepted standards of dispute resolution through independent and unbiased arbitration. We have never received an answer to this comprehensive proposal. If this dispute is really about addressing packaging and affiliate production, we are ready to return to the table with you. We are open to the concept of real revenue sharing and have already committed ourselves to the requirements of explicit customer consent and general transparency and accountability. To be clear, we have publicly stated that we will honor this if an author does not want his show packaged. Let us end this unnecessary and extremely costly litigation that is detrimental to your membership and the agencies.

We should stand by your side and fight for the things writers need and deserve in their upcoming AMPTP negotiations. So, in that sense, let's go into a smaller room next week and put ALL topics on the table. Our group will be there. Please try to get yours. If possible, we plan to visit one of our previous venues next Wednesday. Many people depend on us to get everyone working again. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jay

Here is Goodman's answer:

Jay,

Thank you for your offer, which I accept on behalf of the WGA. I would like to make it clear that we replied to your most recent proposal on 12 April (see Annex). We continue to believe that there is a deal that reconciles the interests of the agency with those of the authors. We look forward to your comments. Best

David Goodman


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