Writers Guild President Accuses Talent Agencies of Misconduct, Harassment

Published on Feb 15, 2020

In a blistering message, the president of the Writers Guild of America West has accused Hollywood talent agencies of engaging in misconduct by harassing guild members.

David Goodman issued the accusation Friday in a message to members that comes during the 10th month of the standoff against agencies over WGA rules allowing them to represent WGA members. About 80 agencies, including Apa, Abrams, Buchwald, Gersh, Innovative Artists, Kaplan Stahler, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston and Verve, have agreed to accept the WGA’s bans on agency packaging fees and affiliate production ownership.

WGA members were told in April to fire their agents if the agents had not agreed to ban packaging fees and affiliate production. Goodman did not specify in his message which agencies were involved in misconduct and harassment.

“A number of the unsigned agencies, while professing to want a deal, continue to engage in misconduct,” he said in the message.

Read full article at: Variety - Film News

Author: Dave McNary