The WGAW Board, WGAE Council and WGA Agency Negotiating Committee on what’s happening vis a vis our kerfluffel with the various literary talent agencies and our preparedness for upcoming Minimum Basic Agreement negotiations with the various studios, networks, production companies, et al.
The latest news in the agency negotiations is that the Guild continues to have useful discussions with several individual agencies. All of them have asked for confidentiality, and honoring those requests is part of building the trust that allows the possibility of making deals. As soon as that happens, we will let you know.
In the meantime, the Guild is working with each franchised agency to systematize sharing of contracts, invoices, and other data, tailored to the agency’s capacity and systems. In some cases we are working with their software vendor to set up data feeds.
Finally, preparations for the 2020 MBA continue. As always, Guild staff has prepared research, data and potential negotiating proposals for leadership and membership to consider as we begin the process of setting priorities. Next week the WGA will announce the negotiating committee and the following week will send out a member survey where you can identify the MBA issues that matter the most to you. Member meetings will commence in early 2020 to give further opportunity for member feedback, and the pattern of demands will be put to a vote prior to the start of spring negotiations.
We will send out additional updates as events unfold.
WGAW Board, WGAE Council and WGA Agency Negotiating Committee
And there you have it (as of November 1st),