Unity was the subject tonight as more than 500 writers gathered at the Beverly Hilton to find out about the WGA's upcoming showdown with the Association of Talent Agents, which now hosts the Appeared 10 days before franchise The agreement expires on 6th April.
"The guild is always united," said a writer who left the packed International Ballroom.
"Absolutely united," said another pumping his fist. Another laughed. "That's it."
The meeting follows the last broadsides that have flung each page to the other side after today's negotiation session. The ATA accuses the guild of "throwing our industry into chaos," and the WGA vows that "we will not be intimidated by another agency threat."
Earlier today, the WGA had a video on YouTube Packaging says, "Hollywood talent agencies have a business model that is overcrowded with conflicts of interest, which means that they do the best they can, even if it's not the best for their clients." These conflicts hurt writers. The situation is bad and things are getting worse. "
Here it is:
So far, no progress has been made on the two keys. TV package and agency affiliate fees for affiliated manufacturing companies WGA members will vote on Wednesday for a new Code of Conduct for the Agency, which covers both practices If no agreement is reached, the guild may order its members to mass-fire their agents. Nearly 800 members – including some of the best writers and showrunners – have already signed a pledge to release their agents who refuse to sign the code.
Earlier, the WGA said it was ready for this contingency and released details of its plan action, which included a submission system that would bypass agents and would allow show runners to hire their peers during the current season. The guild says it's also "temporary" that writers' managers and lawyers act as representatives if WGA and ATA can not reach an agreement.
However, on Monday, management's AMPTP rejected the guild's desire that the studios and networks participate in what the AMPTP calls a "group boycott" of talent agencies refusing WGA's proposed new agency code of Conduct to sign. According to AMPTP, the studios would thus be "exposed to a significant liability risk for antitrust violations".