LOS ANGELES – Launch your agents.
This was the instruction that America's Writers Guild gave to its 13,000 members on Friday after talks between Hollywood writers and their agents collapsed before midnight. The sudden conclusion of the negotiations has become a way of doing business that has existed for more than four decades.
The struggle was kept for a year. The Los Angeles and New York guild guild guild accused agents of enriching at the expense of their clients and demanding a new code of conduct. the disconnection between them was just a bargain, they understood that this was a real position when talks broke out late Friday afternoon. The Talent Agents Association, the group representing the main agencies, has offered discounts in recent days, but their efforts have not been enough to keep the two sides on the table.
"We know that together we will go into unexplored waters," wrote the council of the two associates trade unions. – Life that deviates from the current system may be a different degree of disorientation. But it became clear that a big change was needed. "
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The unions instructed the members to sign a letter of form, which would allow them to shoot separately. "The Guild will hand over all the letters to the agencies in a matter of days," the trade unions said.
The Talent Agents Association said in a statement published at the end of the talks that the planned mass launch would "hurt all the artists delivering a particularly painful blow to middle and emerging writers."
The statement goes on: "WGA today manages to announce , that there is no way for a compromise, but the agencies are committed to reaching an agreement with the WGA, but despite our best efforts, today's outcome is due to the chaos guild's predetermined course, which was due to expire at 12:01 AM Saturday, when the American Writers Guild technically immortalized any agency that did not sign the new Code of Conduct
The four major agencies – William Morris Endevor, Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency and ICM Partners – were arguing in avoiding the writers' to make serious changes to the structure that has long existed
The struggle is for an unusual labor struggle The writer's syndicates who strike in 2007 and almost did it two years ago have traditionally disputed with their superiors big studios. This time they directed their anger at the people who served as their advocates and friends.
During the program boom, often called Peak TV – 495, they showed up in the United States last year, thanks in part to the increase in the flow – television writers say their pay is stagnant or declining. The authors blame the agencies for what they perceive as inadequate compensation by accusing them of corrupt business practices.
Two specific practices have gnawed television writers. One is the habit of agents for decades to pack a list of talents from their clients for a project. In return, the agencies give up the usual 10% commissions paid to them by individual customers and collect large sums, called packing fees, from the studios. The authors argue that these deals allow agents to effectively penetrate money that should be theirs. business with the creation of affiliated companies that produce and own content. This development, the authors say, may mean that agents are behind the table by leaders who are basically their counterparts in what the trade unions call a conflict of interest.
Agencies have called the writers' claims ridiculous, claiming that their services are more than ever needed by a changing media environment in which Netflix, Amazon and Apple are growing. Last month, 7,882 members of the American Writers Guild and American Writers Guild Guild voted in favor of the new code of conduct, with only 392 people voted the slightest. in Hollywood. Industry is approaching the so-called recruitment season when broadcast networks assemble their fallen compilations and hire writers to cast telescopes for serials and police procedures. Agents are the usual intermediaries for writers and studios, strongly combining with writers' rooms with the right writers.
The bosses of the Union in recent days have told writers that they will be able to apply for a job through a web portal. created by the Writers Guild of America, or by empowering their managers or lawyers to enter into transactions on their behalf.
Agents warned writers not to allow managers or lawyers to do such a job. , Latham & Watkins, a law firm representing talent agents, sent a letter to the alliance that said it was "illegal" in California and New York executives and lawyers to act as agents. The note also states that a trial may soon be brought in both directions. Some people in Hollywood have interpreted the unusual step of the association to reveal what is happening during closed-door negotiations as a sign that both parties are far from a deal. by packing and releasing their own production programs, but they were ready to make their practices more transparent. In particular, agents say that 80 percent of this title will be aimed at writers who have not participated in the winnings of the series. The remaining 20% will go to initiatives designed to improve the variety of writers' rooms. Two years later, according to the opposite proposition, if trade unions continue to believe that writers do not do well within the framework of the agreement, they will have the right to resume negotiations on the issue.
Writers' unions have found that both offer unsatisfactory. David Goodman, president of the Western Branch, said the revised packing proposal was not a "serious proposal" and that the peer production proposal was "unacceptable." Brexit writers' strategy: unwavering, but where will it lead?
"We will not only stand together, we will advocate for each other, we will lean on each other," union unions said on Friday. – We can do that.