The list contains many prominent showrunners and screenwriters – but many also lack a signal to divide the guild.
Over 770 authors, including many top-show runners and screenwriters, have signed a Writers Guild's "Statement of Support", which promises to dismiss their agents if the representatives do not sign an agreement that is satisfactory to the association. This can mean a lot of road dismissal as early as April 7, if no agreement has been reached between the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents in their dispute over packaging fees and associated production.
But just as remarkable as some of the signatories ̵
WGA West and East Combined have about 15,000 active members (and about 28,000 members in total), meaning that the statement gained signatures from about five percent of active membership, assuming it was limited to active members. A few thousand guild members work in non-entertainment areas such as news papers and may not be entitled to vote on the proposed code open for voting on March 27 to March.
The statement also seems to dampen the position of the guild on the packaging and production. The trade union has insisted that these practices are conflicts of interest and fundamental issues for which there is no compromise, but the statement states that only a new agency agreement should "confront" this practice. It is not known whether the milder formulation will turn into flexibility in the negotiating room when the parties meet again on Tuesday.
The Declaration also promises another problem that has proved to be controversial in the six days of the negotiations held by the guild and ATA so far, namely the exchange of information. The statement says that agencies must "work with the guild to protect the interests of authors by providing author agreements, invoices, and other information." The agencies have said that they will only do so with the individual customer's consent and argue that the true motive of the guild is more effectively down professional fees members, which are largely calculated as a percentage of earnings.
Other signatories to the statement include Ilene Chaiken, Carlton Cuse, Barry Jenkins, David Koepp, Richard Lagravenese, Eric Roth and David Simon. Others who are not on the list include Alan Ball, Marc Cherry, Duffer Brothers, Tom Fontana, Bill Lawrence, Steve Levitan, Adam Reed and Michael Seitzman.
Read the full statement here and sign the list below:
WGA support statement
We are voting with YES
We agree with YES for to support the Guild implementation of an agency code after the current AMBA expires on April 6,
We agree that a new agency agreement should:
Confronting practices that constitute a conflict of interest: Agency packaging fees and agencies acting as producers
Require the agencies to work with the guild to protect the interests of authors by providing author agreements, invoices and Other information.
In accordance with Med Rule 23, we will only be represented as authors of agencies that are the franchise of the guild.
We undertake to support our fellow Guild members after termination in the current agreement.
For more on this topic, visit the THR's work site.
March 23, at. 2:00 pm Corrected to indicate that David Simon signed the statement.