The WGA has a standard negotiating practice and it is clear they will not bargain in good faith until the clock runs down." "The WGA has up to 35 people in the room," she added. "There is no real exchange of ideas — there are no answers to our questions, many of which your own writer clients are asking you for answers to.
The two sides met on Tuesday, then issued statements blaming each other for the lack of movement towards an accord. The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents have made negligible progress during seven negotiating sessions, starting on Feb. No new negotiations have been set.” /> 5.
Young led the 2017 negotiations with the studios when they reached a deal on its master contract with less than an hour prior to expiration.
"For over seven months ATA has offered to meet and engage in serious discussions to address writer’s issues, and we will continue to press the WGA for a real dialogue that promotes questions, answers and serious ideas to solve real, complex challenges," Stuart said. "You may ask, 'What have you all been doing at these seven meetings?'"
If the 43-year-old franchise agreement expires on April 7, the WGA will require members to fire their agents if the agents have not agreed to the new code. Guild leaders have said they expect the code to be approved overwhelmingly.
"We look forward to a time when the WGA stops subjecting our members and the entire industry to 'threats' and moves on to their 'phase three' so that we can get to work on a deal." He said that we’re still in phase two – the threatening phase," Stuart said. "In our March 21 meeting, David Young laid out his three-pronged negotiating strategy.
Members of the Writers Guild of America started voting Wednesday on a "code of conduct" that will enable writers to fire their agents on April 7. Five days of online voting by the 15,000 WGA members began Wednesday morning. The code includes provisions eliminating agency packaging fees and ownership interest in affiliate production companies by CAA, WME, and UTA — demands that the agencies have insisted are not feasible.
The top negotiator for Hollywood agents has told members that the Writers Guild of America will not make a deal until near the April 7 expiration of the franchise agreement.
She singled out WGA West executive director David Young for orchestrating the current situation, which has placed Hollywood on edge over the WGA's threat to require its 15,000 members to fire their agents. Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, issued the missive at mid-day Wednesday and blamed the guild over the lack of progress at the seven sessions, the last of which took place Tuesday.