UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Warns That Actors And Directors Also Will Be Impacted If Agents Stop Packaging
UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told his writer-clients Wednesday night that they won't be the only artists affected if the WGA gets its way and puts the agencies out of the packaging business. “These decisions impact a broad section of the TV ecosystem," he wrote on Tuesday in a message to the agency's writers. "Lots of people will be affected. The WGA is trying to make a decision for everyone by eliminating everyone's choice."
"There is so much change and uncertainty in our… Read
UTA Tries To Reframe Packaging Dispute Narrative With Data Ahead Of WGA Vote
With a week to go before WGA members begin voting on a new code of conduct that act as a fatal silver bullet through the heart of the agencies' lucrative packaging plans, UTA tried to strap on a new Kevlar vest of data Wednesday.
In a pithy 10-page TV Writing Data Analysis released this morning seeking to shatter the guild's narrative in the fiery dispute over a new franchise agreement, the Jeremy Zimmer-run agency declares that "UTA TV writer clients earn more money, on… Read
WME’s Ari Greenburg Says WGA “Not Interested In A Real Negotiation” In Packaging Dispute
EXCLUSIVE: With the clock ticking on the April 6 end of the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents' franchise agreement and a March 27 starting vote by guild members on a new Code of Conduct that could see packaging kicked to the curb, WME's President last night offered the agency’s clients a very blunt assessment of where talks stand.
"It was clear from today's session that the WGA is not interested in a real negotiation,' said Ari Greenburg in an email sent out after… Read
‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon Rips “Greedhead” Agencies Over Packaging, Urges Lawsuit Against ATA
Note: David Simon is the former newspaperman turned TV writer/producer and show creator whose TV work includes Homicide: Life On The Street, The Wire, Treme and The Deuce. He wrote a post on his personal blog The Audacity Of Despair that grasps the conflict of interest charges leveled by writers against agencies in a personal and succinct way that is unlike anything we’ve seen before on the subject. The note he wrote on Twitter introducing his post will give you a taste… Read
Actors’ Equity Vows To Fight Donald Trump’s Proposed NEA Elimination
Calling President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts “short-sighted at best,” Actors’ Equity Association has vowed to continue fighting what has become an annual Trump tradition.
"For the third consecutive year, the Trump administration's budget has proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Equity president Kate Shindle in a statement. “Given that the arts drive a larger share of America's economy than… Read
ATA Sees “Dark Cloud” Hanging Over Hollywood As Day 5 Of WGA Talks Concludes
The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents have concluded their fifth day of bargaining for a new franchise agreement, with the ATA saying there’s a “dark cloud of uncertainty” hanging over Hollywood as the two sides again made little progress toward resolving the two key issues: the guild's demands that the agencies stop collecting packaging fees and sever their ties with affiliated production entities. If no deal is reached by April 6, when their current agreement… Read
Chantal Cousineau Hasn’t Worked Since Leading #MeToo Charge Against James Toback
Chantal Cousineau, one of the leaders of the #MeToo Movement, says she hasn't had a single day of work as an actress since she became the first of hundreds of women to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment and assault back in October 2017, shortly after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.
"I haven't worked since I came forward, and I used to shoot up to 10 commercials a year," she said on a recent podcast with SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and… Read
One ATA Agency Breaks Ranks & Signs WGA’s Proposed Code Of Conduct – Update
UPDATED with new information: The WGA's efforts to "divide and conquer" the talent agencies by forcing them to sign its new Code of Conduct isn't gaining much traction with the Association of Talent Agents. Of the ATA’s 113 member-agencies, only one has signed its new code, according to the guild. That agency, Deadline has learned, is the Pantheon Talent Agency, founded in 2006 and based in Century City.
"There are 24 agencies signed so far, most of them small, one of… Read
No Progress In WGA Talks With ATA As Guild’s Latest Offer Deemed “Lipstick On A Pig”; Read Both Sides’ Statements – Update
UPDATED with post-talks statement by ATA executive director and opening statement by WGA West president: The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents met today for the second time this week to hammer out a new franchise agreement ahead of the April 6 deadline for a deal. Little progress was made, but the two sides agreed to return to the bargaining table on Monday.
"The WGA presented a counter-proposal that they knew wasn't acceptable," an agency source told Deadline. "It… Read
Musicians Want Streaming Residuals As Contract Talks Start With AMPTP
Bargaining began Wednesday for a new contract between the American Federation of Musicians and management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The chief issue is residuals from films made for steaming services, which musicians don't get.
"As new media consumption has grown, studios have agreed to pay streaming residuals for actors, writers, directors and others when films are made for streaming, but musicians have been uniquely excluded," the union said… Read
Gimlet Media Unionizes With WGA East In A First For Podcasting Industry
Gimlet Media has become the first podcasting company to unionize with the WGA East. A majority of it 83 employees has agreed to sign union cards and called on management to recognize the guild as its collective bargaining rep.
Brooklyn-based Gimlet’s network includes Reply All, Crimetown, The Cut, The Nod, Homecoming and Every Little Thing, and the company says its podcast are downloaded 12 million times a month. Its listener base spans more than 180… Read
UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer Tells Writer Clients “We Aren’t Saints” In Search Of Peace Before Tuesday’s WGA Sit-Down
Less than a day before the Writers Guild of American and the Association of Talent Agents are set to have their first formal meeting in nearly a month, and two weeks before a big Code of Conduct vote that could see scribes exiting their agencies in droves, UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer has admitted to clients that “we aren’t saints.”
As anyone who has ever sat across from an agent knows that last bit is no shocker, but a lot of what Zimmer did have to say Monday would have been if… Read