The WGA is behaving like the Teamsters of old. Today, even the Teamsters know that calling your negotiating partners “criminal cartels” isn't likely to be productive.
The union said it has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the agencies — CAA, WME, ICM Partners and UTA — alleging that the widespread use of packaging fees violates state and federal laws.
The WGA said Sunday that 95.3% of members who participated in the vote, or 7,882 individuals, said they are in favor of the resolution, with just 4.7%, or 392 people, voting against it.
Endeavor, owner of the largest of several agencies that have transformed themselves into major Hollywood enterprises, appears to be laying the groundwork for a long-anticipated initial public offering.
Abrams Artists Agency said in an internal memo Wednesday that it isn’t taking sides in the dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Assn. of Talent Agents.
The unprecedented dispute has put Hollywood on edge as the two sides continue to negotiate in the days leading up to the April 6 deadline.
The two sides, which are scheduled to meet again on Monday, are arguing over agency practices including packaging fees and the move toward TV and film production.
The Writers Guild of America is asking members to fire their agents if they don’t agree to a new code of conduct that would put a halt to packaging fees and production activity by agencies.
Endeavor and CAA are moving into the TV and movie production business, raising concerns of conflicts of interest.