Writers Guild reaches agreement with WME

The Writers Guild of America East and West has announced that a franchise agreement has been reached with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC (WME). Effective immediately, WME may once again represent Guild members for covered writing services. WGA and WME have also agreed to withdraw the legal claims each has brought against the other in … Continue reading “Writers Guild reaches agreement with WME”

Writers Guild, UTA agree on new franchise deal

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and United Talent Agency (UTA) have agreed to a new franchise agreement. Therefore, effective immediately, UTA may once again represent WGA members for covered writing services. WGA and UTA have also agreed to withdraw the legal claims each has brought against the other in federal court. In line with … Continue reading “Writers Guild, UTA agree on new franchise deal”

Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd

The Writers Guild of America East has just released statement regarding the murder of George Floyd and the mistreatment of journalists. They condemn his murder saying, “What happened in Minneapolis is another example of deadly systemic racism. African-Americans have been the victims of injustice for more than 400 years and it continues today.”‘ Read the … Continue reading “Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd”

Writers Guild, Gersh Agency come to agreement

Great news for screenwriters and TV writers represented by Gersh. Co-presidents David and Bob Gersh said on Friday that the talent agency has signed an agreement with the Writers Guild of America and will resume representing writers immediately. Hollywood agencies and the WGA have been at stand-off since April of 2019 over the practice of … Continue reading “Writers Guild, Gersh Agency come to agreement”

Writers Guild Awards announce screenplay noms

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2019. Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2019 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) … Continue reading “Writers Guild Awards announce screenplay noms”

Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms

Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2019. The shows up for best drama series are The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Mindhunter, Succession and Watchmen. Vying for best comedy series honors are Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, PEN15, … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms”

WME countersues Writers Guild of America

According to multiple sources, William Morris Endeavor filed a lawsuit on Monday against the guild claiming the union’s decision to have members fire their agents to protest packaging fees is in violation of antitrust laws. The lawsuit comes two months after the WGA sued WME and three other agencies. In April, 95% of WGA members … Continue reading “WME countersues Writers Guild of America”

Writers Guild plans to sue top four talent agencies

The Writers Guild of America today filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to establish that talent agency packaging fees are illegal under both California and federal law. The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday. The plaintiffs are Writers Guild of America West and East, along with writers and WGA … Continue reading “Writers Guild plans to sue top four talent agencies”

Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced their nominations for Best original and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as video game writing and documentary writing. this morning. Most of the screenplays have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting and videogame writing during 2018. The … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees”

Producers Guild releases COVID safety guidelines

The Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Production Safety Task Force has published a comprehensive safety guide for producers as they go back to work titled “COVID Safety Protocols for Producing Independent Productions.” Through the collective power of the Guild’s network of producers and deep industry knowledge, these guidelines offer a comprehensive and detailed recommendation of … Continue reading “Producers Guild releases COVID safety guidelines”

WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter

The Writers Guild of America West Committee of Black Writers has sent a powerful letter to Hollywood’s networks and studios, addressing the systematic and systemic racism that has permeated the industry. The Co-Chairs, comprised of Michelle Amor, Hilliard Guess and Bianca Sams, felt it was time to send a strong message, coming on the heels … Continue reading “WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter”

Directors Guild announces nominees for feature film

Coming on the heels of the Writers Guild nominations, the Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme yesterday announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018. “To be chosen by one’s peers in a year full of such extraordinary films is the true mark of outstanding … Continue reading “Directors Guild announces nominees for feature film”

“Middle class” actors, writers, crew hit hard

It’s official. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which we’ll call the “Tax Jobs Law”) during an Oval Office ceremony this morning. Next stop, holiday in Florida. With the corporate tax rate set to drop from 35% to 21%, the Tax Jobs Law has been hailed as a “middle-class miracle” by … Continue reading ““Middle class” actors, writers, crew hit hard”

Writers strike averted

Some will attribute it to Mercury moving out of Retrograde — a time frame usually frowned upon for signing contracts. Others may say it was the fear of what the 2008 walkout brought — the rise reality TV and, eventually, 45.

Whatever the reason, the WGA and the AMPTP found a mutual ground early this morning, reaching a tentative agreement and averting a walkout by 13,000 writers which would have crippled the entire film and TV industry coast-to-coast.

Kaley Cuoco: Actress extends creative agreement with WB

Warner Bros. Television Group and Kaley Cuoco are extending their long-standing creative partnership with an expansive new overall deal for The Flight Attendant star and executive producer Cuoco and her production company, Yes, Norman Productions. WBTVG can confirm that it is an exclusive, multi-year pact. Financial terms were not disclosed, per Studio policy. Cuoco and her Yes, Norman Productions team — … Continue reading “Kaley Cuoco: Actress extends creative agreement with WB”

Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the winners of the 2021 WGA Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional categories during a first-time-ever joint, virtual ceremony. Hosted virtually by actor-writer-producer Kal Penn (Clarice), the 90-minute ceremony featured at-home presentations … Continue reading “Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners”

Kal Penn to host 2021 virtual WGA Awards

Acclaimed actor, writer, and producer, Kal Penn, is set to host the joint 2021 Writers Guild Awards virtual ceremony on Sunday, March 21. The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, news (broadcast and digital), radio/audio, and promotional categories.  Many of the nominees give us a clue as to what will … Continue reading “Kal Penn to host 2021 virtual WGA Awards”

WGA announces film nominations

Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced WGA Awards nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2020. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Judas and the Black Messiah, Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King, Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas; Warner Bros. Palm Springs, Screenplay by Andy Siara, Story by Andy Siara & Max Barbakow; Hulu Promising Young Woman, … Continue reading “WGA announces film nominations”

‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America announced their nominations for the 2021 WGA Awards in the categories of TV, New Media, News, Radio/Audio and Promotional Writing during 2020. Winners will be honored March 21 in a virtual ceremony. AMC’s Better Call Saul dominated with five nominations. Other nominees include Amazon Studios’ The Boys, Disney+’s The Mandalorian, … Continue reading “‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards”