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Hollywood Writers Union Instructs Members to Fire Their Agents

  • Guild demands talent agents give up ownership of projects
  • Union rejects agents’ revenue-sharing offer on package deals
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Hollywood screenwriters are firing their agents.

The Writers Guild of America, the representing most major screenwriters, instructed members to sever their ties with Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies due to a contract dispute. The writers can either fire their agents or face penalties. The union has approved representation with a number of smaller agencies, but not enough to handle the thousands of members.