• The Truth About Agency Studios

    Learn about agency studios and why, if left unchecked, their existence will increasingly undermine compensation for all talent.

  • WGA Takes Agency Litigation to Federal Court

    The WGA has filed federal antitrust and racketeering charges against the industry’s major talent agencies.

  • Agency Conflicts of Interest

    Watch this video about how Hollywood agencies conflicts of interest hurt talent.

What You Need to Know

The WGA is engaged in a campaign to end conflicted agency practices and require agencies to align their interests with writers. In March, WGA members voted 95.3% to implement the Agency Code of Conduct. In April, over 7,000 members terminated their representation with unfranchised agencies. After months of intransigence from the Association of Talent Agencies, the WGA has shifted to negotiating franchise agreements with individual agencies.

CAMPAIGN TIMELINE

Learn about the development of our historic campaign.

In The News

Read news stories about the WGA-Agency Campaign

VIDEO

Watch videos about the WGA-Agency Campaign.

#WGASolidarity on Social Media

Thank you, Rothman Brecher Agency, for chosing #ClientsOverConflicts to negotiate a deal with the WGA. Welcome back to the writer business! #IStandWithTheWGA

Spiro Skentzos @spirographo – 15 Nov 2019

WGA Statement of Purpose: Why Agencies Must Change

Our agents work for us. Every dollar they make must be generated as a percentage of the money we make. That is what it means to be our representatives and our fiduciaries. Agency-based studios and packaging fees make a mockery of that and are in violation of the agencies’ ethical and legal obligations to writers. We have taken too long to demand that these practices end. But the persistence of a corrupt system does not make it right. And putting things right does not blow up the business. We do not owe our agents their wealth; they owe us their loyalty. That is what we pay for. In a complex, changing, yet immensely profitable time in our industry, writers need true allies, not deeply conflicted ones. It is for this idea—simple, old-fashioned and un-revolutionary—that we stand—and for which we come together as a Guild again today.