The Latest WGA-ATA Weekly Report

by Larry Brody

After a couple of weeks of relative quiet, the WGA-ATV Battle of the Writing & Writers’ Agent Stars got pretty loud last week.

Over all, it was the same old, same old about fiduciary duty and how much power the Writers Guild of America legally has when it comes to client-agent relationships, but with one crucial difference.

It’s election season for the WGA West, with Board of Directors seats and Guild officers chairs up for grabs. As I write this I see three different groups  vying for power.

They are the incumbent power group (which I mean in an absolutely non-derogatory way) that created the current WGA-ATA conflict (which I also mean in a non-derogatory way), an opposition group that’s against the current conflict, and another opposition group that’s not really a group per se but independent candidates who might have had other issues to talk about if the WGA-ATA thing wasn’t a thing.

Will the election change the, um, “conversation” between the WGA and the ATA? Seems to me there’s a pretty good chance of that happening. And that’s something we all need to keep in mind as we consider these examples of last week’s battlefield news.

From most recent to, in today’s news cycles, almost oldies-but-goodies, here it is:

CAA Now Strapped To Packaging War In Writer’s Rip-Off Lawsuit Over ‘Main Justice’ Pilot

WGA Launches Staffing And Development Platform For Agentless Writers

Abrams Artists Lit Agents Brad Rosenfeld, Paul Weitzman & Karen Kirkland Exit to Launch New WGA Signatory Agency

WGA’s Deal With Kaplan Stahler Could Entice Other Mid-Tier Agencies To Sign Its New Franchise Agreement

WGA War With Talent Agents Hits Milestone: Now Longer Than Its Bitter 100-Day Strike Against Studios In 2007-08

More to come, of course. Seeya next week.

In Solidarity,


Author: LB

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world with a career going back to the late ’60s, Larry Brody has written and produced hundreds of hours of American and worldwide television and is a consultant to production companies and networks in the U.S. and abroad . Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, and the Humanitas Award.