ATA Increases Revenue Sharing Offer, WGA Asks for Contract Language

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David RobbNellie Andreeva on June 7, 2019.

Negotiators for the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents met Friday in an attempt to end their eight-week standoff.  In a message to the members, sent shortly after the meeting ended, the guild updated them on the proceedings.

“This morning the Negotiating Committee received proposals from the ATA,” the WGA said in the message. “Although there was cause for concern, including a revenue sharing proposal that instead of 1% is now 2%, the presentation was wide ranging and complex. We have asked for contract language on their proposals in order to formulate the appropriate response. As we’ve stated, whatever solution we find, it will have to address conflicts of interest and realign agency incentives with those of their writer clients.”

According to a senior agency leader who spoke before [Friday’s] meeting, ATA’s revenue sharing offer was actually 2.5 times their original one, presented at the last negotiation session before talks broke off. A substantial part of the money is intended to go to young and emerging writers on profitable shows – writers who have not historically able to share in profits. …

Deadline Hollywood 6/7

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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