Dramatists Guild Lends Support to Writers in Battle Against Agents

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Jonathan Handel on April 16, 2019.

The organization representing US playwrights, the Dramatists Guild of America, weighed in Tuesday with a statement supporting the Writers Guild of America in its battle against the Association of Talent Agents. Although the DG is not a union, it is the professional organization for playwrights and others — librettists, composers and lyricists — writing for the stage in the US (Those writers are not unionized.)

“The Dramatists Guild of America supports our WGA colleagues in their quest for the equitable representation of its members,” said the statement from Dramatists Guild president Doug Wright. “While the DG is not a union authorized to ‘franchise’ agents like the WGA does, many dramatists have literary agents that are members of the Association of Authors Representatives, and the AAR’s first rule in its canon of ethics is a pledge by its members that they will ‘provide loyal service to their clients’ business and artistic needs, and will allow no conflicts of interest that would interfere with such service.’

Added Wright, “We are hopeful, then, that the WGA and the ATA will come to an agreement that recognizes this fundamental principle of agency and begins to heal the rift that is not only ending professional relationships but is damaging personal relationships, as well.” …

Deadline Hollywood 4/16

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