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Association Of Talent Agents Skeptical Of WGA’s Anti-Packaging Proposals

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The Writers Guild's proposals for a new talent agency agreement were greeted with skepticism from the Association of Talent Agents today. The WGA has proposed 30 changes to its 42-year-old agreement with the ATA that would reshape the talent agency business by putting an end to packaging and stopping the agencies' nascent ventures into film and television production. The WGA says the changes are needed to curb "conflicts of interest" inherent in agents representing… Read

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WGA Seeks To Reshape Talent Agency Business With Proposal For New Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: The Writers Guild wants to completely reshape the talent agency business, putting an end to packaging and stopping the agencies' nascent ventures into film and television production. In their proposals for a new agreement with the Association of Talent Agents, the WGA East and WGA West have proposed that "No agency shall accept any money or thing of value from the employer of a client." That would effectively end all packaging deals, in which agencies receive… Read

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DGA, SAG-AFTRA & IATSE Urge Congress To Update Internet Copyright Law

As Congress continues to investigate Cambridge Analytica's unauthorized access to the private information of more than 87 million Facebook users during the 2016 election, the leaders of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE have urged the Senate to look at the "broader context" of Internet regulations that they say allowed the breach to happen in the first place. Specifically, the union leaders want the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, which heard testimony from Facebook… Read

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SAG-AFTRA “Fighting Back” Against Dangers Posed By Face-Swapping Technology

SAG-AFTRA says it's “fighting back” against the dangers posed by new face-swapping technologies that have been used to digitally superimpose the faces of its members onto the bodies of porn stars. In recent months, the technology – known as "deepfaking" – has hijacked the likenesses of several famous actresses and singers to make it appear that they were performing in pornographic films. "We are closely watching the development of so-called deepfakes," SAG-AFTRA president… Read

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WGA Moves To Renegotiate Packaging Agreement With Talent Agents

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The WGA East and West have notified the Association of Talent Agents that they want to renegotiate their decades-old agreement covering packaging of TV series. "After months of member outreach, the WGA West board and WGA East council have voted unanimously to reopen the Guilds' 42-year-old agency agreement," the WGA West said in a email to its members. To set a deadline for the talks, the guilds say they have sent the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate the existing deal… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Blasts Sinclair’s Scripted “Fake News” Promos

SAG-AFTRA, which represents thousands of TV journalists, has come out swinging against the Sinclair Broadcast Group's "fake news" warning that dozens of its local broadcasters around the country were required to read on the air. "The journalists who work for Sinclair Broadcast Group are hard-working and dedicated professionals who care deeply about the work that they do," a spokesperson for the union said. "Over the last couple of days, many of them have been the subject… Read

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WGA Members Urge Board To Divest From Companies That Support NRA

Ninety-five members of the Writers Guild of America have signed a letter sent to the guild’s board of directors urging that it divest from gun companies and any companies that support the NRA. The letter, sent to the Board Tuesday, warns “Gun violence enabled by the ready availability of military grade weapons, has become one of the biggest threats to the safety and security of the American people.” The letter continues, “We urge the WGA and the WGA Pension Plan to divest… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Mourns NYC Firefighter Killed Battling Blaze On Movie Set

SAG-AFTRA is offering condolences to a New York fireman who was killed Thursday night while fighting a fire that broke out on the set of the movie Motherless Brooklyn, which stars Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, who's directing. "We offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of New York City Firefighter Michael R. Davidson and all of the heroes who have made the greatest sacrifice. We honor your lives and are deeply grateful for your service,"… Read

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WGA Members Hear Final Pitch for Need to Renegotiate Packaging Deal With Talent Agencies

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Members of the WGA West gathered for their third and final meeting tonight to hear their leaders lay the groundwork for renegotiating the guild's decades-old agreement with the Association of Talent Agents covering the packaging of TV series. Leaders of the WGA East and West haven't yet reached out to the ATA to renegotiate the pact, but say there's growing concern among their members about the "conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging," in which agencies… Read

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WGA Not Alone in Challenging TV Packaging Deals; 9th Circuit To Rule In Legal Case

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Oral arguments heard last month in an anti-packaging case before the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals are drawing parallels to allegations made by the WGA, which has accused the major Hollywood talent agencies of monopolizing the packaging of scripted TV shows. The WGA East and WGA West claim the packaging profits reaped by the top agencies pose an inherent "conflict of interest" to their fiduciary duty to represent the best interests of writers, and are preparing to r… Read

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WGA Data: 87% Of All Scripted TV Shows Are Packaged

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Nearly 90% of all TV shows are packaged by talent agencies, and nearly 80% of those shows are packaged by WME and CAA, according to data collected by the Writers Guild of America West. In a review of the 2016-2017 television season, WGA West found that 87% of the more than 300 series produced that year were packaged by the agencies, and that "packaging is dominated by WME and CAA," which accounted for 79% of all the packaged series. The guild has been holding a series of… Read

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WGA West Members Upbeat After Meeting On Talent Agents Agreement

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UPDATED with David Young quote: A couple hundred members of the WGA West gathered at the Universal Sheraton for the second of three meetings to discuss the union's efforts to update the guild's decades-old agreement with talent agents. Reporters weren't allowed to attend, but an occasional burst of applause could be heard from inside the Grand Ballroom and union leaders made their points. "Everybody's supportive of the union," said a writer leaving the meeting. "We want… Read