For those who wished this magnificent negotiation between WGA and ATA this afternoon that would break the gap between the two parties in the new code of conduct before midnight, there was no wonder and there was a lot of negotiations.
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I heard the leaders of the WGA negotiating committee tell representatives of the agency that they rejected ATA's latest proposal, which was presented yesterday and in which the agencies shared their share of packaging with writers. (In a long-standing WGA statement after the break of negotiations, the guild said today that the proposal is only 8% of the agencies' funds).) WGA did not offer a counter proposal.
On both sides, leading negotiators, as well as the WGA and ATA legal groups, were well attended. I heard that WGA West David David Goodman, David Young, David Shore, Michelle Mulroney, Mike Schur, Travon Free, Marjorie David and Deric A. Hughes on the guild side and ATA Executive Director Karen Stuart, WME & 39; Rick Rosen and Ari Greenberg, CAA's Brian Lourd, UTA's Jay Sures, Chris Silbermann from ICM partners, Elliot Stahler from Kaplan-Stahler and Jim Gosnell from APA, who is the president of ATA, on the agency's side.
According to the report, the agents suggested that they stay in the room in order to try to reach a compromise until the hour had expired, and the writers replied that both sides were so far apart, bridging the gap within hours after little progress had not been made in the last few months feasible. . In Young's statement after the meeting ended, he gave a detailed account of where both sides are currently on all major issues, stressing that indie functions are the only area where they have made progress in their conversations.
Stuart said in a statement to the ATA after the meeting that "WGA leaders today have not revealed a way to compromise."
I heard that only five people spoke at the meeting, three on the ATA site and two on the WGA. There were controversial exchanges triggered by some of the rhetoric of the Guilds, mostly Young, who repeated several accusations of an agency bargaining from guild statements that were given in the negotiations, and again drew attention to the RICO Act and referred to the agencies as the "Mafia" .
Immediately after the conclusion of the short meeting, the WGA informed its members that there was no settlement and because membership approved a new Code of Conduct for the Agency, which prohibited the agency's packaging and integration into production, the guild called on its members to dismiss the agency would not sign it. This is the vast majority of Hollywood talents, including all major ones.
Thus, the war between WGA and ATA was once again shifted to WGA members after voting for a new code of conduct, which it agreed to negotiate in negotiations last month. This time, the number of 13,000 WGA members who will fired their agent will determine who has the advantage. The WGA needs most of its soldiers to break their ties with their agents in order to continue their campaign against packing and production agencies with a strong position.
If a large number of writers do not follow their agents and do not stay with them, this would translate the balance of power into agencies.
Many writers have said privately that they will support the guild and to forgive their agents, even if they like it, although some have stated that they will not continue to do so.
Conversations between WGA and ATA broke down late in the afternoon when members of the WGA received an order to the server to connect to the agency if they did not sign a new code of conduct. By the end of the business day on Friday, I heard that there were a small number of interruptions in each of the major agencies, about a dozen. This number is expected to increase significantly; The question is how much.
In the expression of solidarity, the writers tweeted their signed letters provided by the WGA all evening, thus lowering their agents. (The Guild today announced that it would massively forward the email to the relevant agencies "in a couple of days.") Among them there were some well-known names including top actors Steven DeKnight, Tim Doyle, Alex Hawley, Danny Zucker and Chrissy Pietrosh as also actor / writer Patton Oswalt and Jon Cryer.
At 11.00, #IStandWWWG was the Top 10 trending topping around the world on Twitter.