WGA: Hollywood writers will fire agents
An effort by writers and their agents to resolve a dispute over industry practices collapsed Friday night as the Writers Guild of America said it had not reached a settlement to end the standoff that has kept Hollywood on edge.
The WGA said that the agencies haven’t provided them with a fair offer and that its members would move forward with plans to fire their agents.
“We know that, together, we are about to enter uncharted waters,” WGA leaders said in an email to members. “Life that deviates from the current system might be various degrees of disorienting. But it has become clear that a big change is necessary.”
The talent agencies said in a separate statement that the writers rejected their latest offer, which was presented Wednesday and included a concession about profit sharing.
“Unfortunately, not to our surprise, the WGA did not accept our offer, did not provide counterproposals and refused to negotiate further. We’re prepared to continue to fight for the best interests of writers and all artists,” said Karen Stuart, the executive director of the Assn. of Talent Agents, the organization that represents the agencies.
The negotiations have kept the entertainment industry in a state of suspense.