Buchwald Signs Franchise Agreement; Second ATA Agency to Break Ranks

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on July 25, 2019.

The Buchwald agency has signed the WGA’s new franchise agreement, marking another big win for the guild in its efforts to realign the agency business. Buchwald is the second Association of Talent Agents member agency to break ranks with the organization this week. The Kaplan Stahler agency signed the guild’s agreement on Monday. Buchwald said its negotiated agreement includes several improvements to the recently signed Kaplan Stahler agreement, and said it “now becomes the first mid-sized, full-service agency to sign the guild’s franchise agreement.”

“We negotiated the agreement to a place where we felt that writer interests and confidentiality concerns were protected while also addressing Buchwald’s concerns regarding agency confidentiality, ambiguities in the existing franchise agreement, and a fair dispute resolution policy,” said Richard Basch, Buchwald’s chief operations officer. “Buchwald respects and values the ATA’s concerns as well as our long-standing relationship with the ATA, however we feel that signing this agreement furthers our agency’s collaborative culture and is in the best interest of our clients. It is our hope that the compromises reached today may lead to additional discussions and progress between the ATA and the WGA. We are thrilled to get back to work for all of our writer clients.” …

Deadline Hollywood 7/25

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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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