WGA, Big Three Talent Agencies Agree to Mediation; Both Sides Deny a Breakthrough

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on February 20, 2020.

The WGA and the Big 3 talent agencies have agreed to try to resolve their ongoing legal dispute through mediation – a standard procedure ordered by the presiding judge that doesn’t signify a breakthrough in the case, in which each side is accusing the other of antitrust violations over packaging fees.

“The court rules require the parties in every case to designate a mediator,” a WGA source said. “We agreed on Gail Title. There is no plan to conduct a mediation, and no party is suggesting that mediation would be helpful at this point.”

In a court filing today, attorneys for both sides agreed that neutral attorney Gail Migdal Title will serve as the panel mediator in the case. “Counsel for plaintiffs and counsel for defendants and counterclaimants (have) contacted the Panel Mediator and obtained the Panel Mediator’s consent to serve on a pro bono basis for three (3) hours,” according to stipulation regarding selection of panel mediator. Both sides have agreed that the yet-to-be-scheduled mediation will be held sometime this year, and that “counsel will submit mediation statements seven (7) calendar days before the session.” …

Deadline Hollywood 2/20

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