Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on July 16, 2019.
With the ongoing battle between the WGA and Hollywood’s talent agencies now in its fourth month, the guild’s negotiating committee reminded writers tonight to be wary of fired agents offering to “help” their out-of-work former clients. More than 7,000 writers have fired their agents who refused to sign the guild’s Code of Conduct.
“Since April, members have reported hearing from their former agencies and outreach has intensified over the past few weeks,” the committee said in a message to guild members. “The messages vary, but often include offers to ‘help,’ by setting up meetings, matching with IP, or consulting under the table. These are attempts to undermine member confidence and solidarity. If a call or email from a former agent leaves you with questions or concerns, please contact the guild. If you are feeling uncertain about how to proceed with a particular challenge in your career—with the sale of original material, the pursuit of open writing assignments, development, or staffing—call the guild. If we can’t help you directly, we can connect you with someone who can.”
The WGA West, meanwhile, will host an RSVP-only member get-together at the guild’s offices Wednesday evening, and another on July 24, where board and negotiating committee members will be available to informally answer questions. …