Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on April 1, 2019.
The WGA’s new Staffing Submission System is up and running. It’s designed to help guild members find jobs if their leaders order them to walk out on their agents if a new franchise agreement isn’t reached with the Association of Talent Agents by April 6. The WGA and the ATA are expected to return to the bargaining table this week, but no date has been set.
“While no technological solution could fully replace the many functions of a good agent,” the guild told its members today, “we believe this system – which lets writers submit their work directly to showrunners who are looking for writers for TV staffs – can help provide our members with continuing access to job opportunities if we have to walk away from non-franchised agencies.
“As helpful as we think this new system will be, we urge you to remember: Staffing season is just getting started. Many shows are already accepting submissions, but more will be added in the coming days and weeks as pilots and returning shows get pickups and as showrunners continue to register. At present, the system allows current members to make up to three submissions.” …