Talent Agency Breaks Ranks, Offers to Drop Packaging Fees

Jul 2, 2019  •  Post A Comment

With the increasngly contentious standoff between the Writers Guild and talent agents still at an impasse, Abrams Artists has broken ranks and is offering to drop packaging fees, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Abrams Artists, a 65-agent talent agency, issued a public offer Monday to abide by key Writers Guild of America terms, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the firm will agree not to seek or accept packaging fees and not to engage in affiliate production if the guild will permit its members to once again be represented by Abrams,” THR reports.

“The move will make Abrams the first mid-tier agency to reopen for writing business, if the union assents, and only the second agency of note to reopen its doors to writers after the 30-agent Verve signed the WGA’s new Code of Conduct,” the report notes, adding: “Even in just making its offer, Abrams becomes the first firm of significance to break ranks with the Association of Talent Agents, as Verve is not an ATA member.”

The report quotes Abrams Chairman Adam Bold saying: “It appears that this impasse will take a while to resolve itself. Meanwhile, let’s get back to work. I’m trying to do the right thing for my clients and employees.”

THR notes that the dispute has been going on for three months, with more than 7,000 writers firing their agents “under orders from the guild against a backdrop of fruitless negotiations, four separate lawsuits and the threat of further litigation.”

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