UTA Closes Deal with WGA to Phase Out Packaging, Resume Writer Representation

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Nellie Andreeva and Dominic Patten on July 15, 2020.

UTA co-president Jay Sures just sent an email confirming the deal with the WGA — and it’s a labor-relations whopper.

“After many long discussions and significant work by both sides, we’ve successfully found middle ground that sets asides our core differences,” Sures stated in the three-page letter (read it in full below).

“The Guild has achieved many of its main goals and UTA has as well,” the agency exec added. “As the world continues to face down a pandemic and our industry remains under unprecedented pressures, we believed our highest priority was to bring writers and agents back together in joint focus on building and enhancing your careers.”

At its core, the deal between the uberagency and the guild will see writers once again work with their UTA agents as the highly contested issue of packaging is phased out over the next two years and all ongoing legal skirmishes between UTA and the WGA halted. …

Deadline Hollywood 7/15

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