Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Writers and Agents Dig in after Breakdown of Talks

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Writers and Agents Dig in after Breakdown of Talks

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Writers begin firing their agents, but agents say their resolve “has never been stronger.”

Big-name writers including Damon Lindelof and Steven DeKnight have been taking to social media with their decisions to fire their agents in the wake of last week’s breakdown of talks between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Hollywood talent agencies.

And with the US industry now facing serious and prolonged disruption because of the dispute, the agencies’ representative body, the Association of Talents Agents (ATA), has said “our resolve has never been stronger.”

The WGA instructed its 15,000-strong membership to begin firing their agents after the Guild and the ATA failed to reach a new agreement by the deadline set for the end of last Friday (12).

Lost and Star Trek writer Lindelof announced his decision to follow the instruction in an Instagram post, saying “My agents have become my friends… I am relying on that friendship to persevere as we all move through a trying period of transition. As brutal as it is to send this letter, I UNEQUIVOCALLY stand with my sisters and brothers and my union. Only through collective action can we restore balance.”

DeKnight and others stated their positions on Twitter, referring to the Code of Conduct document that the WGA had asked all agencies to sign before the talks broke down. …

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