Almost a month ago, I heard two prominent showrunners with concerns about WGA's talks with the Talent Agent's Association and the split rhetoric on part of the guild shared their doubts with several colleagues who had similar concerns. The duo then reached the WGA management, which was receptive and set a meeting for the group that grew to 50-60 people overnight. They met with several members of the WGA Negotiating Committee, which blocked issues from showrunners about the guild's strategy and playoffs.
While I listen, most writers went back from the meeting and felt positive about the willingness of management to be open and honest, many still felt they had more questions than answers. I hear one of the exhibitors who attended the meeting started a private online forum for writers where they could continue the conversation.
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The forum I hear is available to an app, has become a safe paradise for all-level writers – from beginners to A-list showrunners – where they can freely express opinions on WGA-ATA standoff without fear of demonization. It includes authors who question WGA's negotiation techniques.
After months of building up, the conflict between the author's guild and ATA, which represents talents, peaked last Friday, as the two sides could not reach a new franchise agreement. WGA enforced its new code of conduct, which prohibits packaging and agency-related productions and ordered members to fire their agencies if they did not sign the code, which none of the major talent agencies have done.
The Skirmish became a full-blown war on Wednesday when WGA and several of its prominent members filed a lawsuit against the big 4 agencies over packaging.
Jon Robin Baitz first great writer for Rebuff WGA demand, he branded his agents  I hear the forum that started out as a turnkey affair with a handful of people has grown rapidly, with many new members joining every day to more than 200 currently. There are no conditions for who can participate – I hear that some users have signed the form's email to cancel their agents while others have not signed it and do not intend to.
The group is not a monolith and does not work as a collective body. For example, I hear that some members have been in communication with WGA leaders and have set up meetings with the members of the negotiating committee to get more information and clarity about the situation and to share their frustration as a writer says "a contract dispute has become a civil war. "There are no major powwows organized for the entire membership.
The goal of the online community is for everyone through open dialogue and mutual respect to be fully educated on the topics and make the best decisions possible.
While the chat room has writers on both sides of the current sharing with different views, I hear them all – including those who have not signed their letter of termination to agents – follow the letter from the guild's laws, which are explicitly so concerned about possible consequences .
WGA Negotiating Team John August is hoping that talks with agencies will resume soon