Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Writers Offer to Amend Proposal on Agency Compensation

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Writers Offer to Amend Proposal on Agency Compensation

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Letter comes on eve of resumption of talks.

As the writers and agencies prepare to resume talks on Thursday (21), the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) has offered what it called a “significant” amendment to one area of its proposed code of conduct.

In a letter sent to Association Of Talent Agents (ATA) executive director Karen Stuart on Wednesday, WGAW executive director David Young said agents could not circumvent limits on commissions by charging fees for other services, except for film financing and sales under certain conditions.

The practice would be allowed in cases where the agency fully described the fees for such services to the writer in advance of performing them, and the writer client consented in writing to proceed with the agency’s performance of theoe services. …

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