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WGA announces an end to Agency Packaging deals

WGA announces an end to Agency Packaging deals

In a news release from the Writer's Guild of America, the union announces that, effective July 1, 2022, franchised talent and lit agents working on WGA covered projects will no longer be permitted to use a package-fee model.

Under a Package fee model, agencies receive a fee from the studio for assembling a package of talent. Instead, starting July 1, 2022, agencies must operate on a commission basis, under which the agency’s commission is calculated as a percentage of writer compensation.  Rider W of the Franchise Agreement caps the agency’s commission at 10%.

Writer's Guild Rules prohibit non-franchised agents from representing their members.

Here's the FAQ from the WGA.

Packaging deals have been around for quite a long time, but have come under fire from many fronts, largely on grounds that it represents a conflict of interest for agents representing talent to receive fees from the companies that hire that talent. Others complain that the practice of packaging deprives talent from competing agencies access to opportunities, making packaged projects, essentially agency-controlled talent monopolies.

To Vape, or Not To Vape?

To Vape, or Not To Vape?

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/146

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  • SOCIAL MEDIA WINS IN 11TH CIRCUIT AND LOSES AT 5TH
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The Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/145

  • WARHOL PAINTING SOLD FOR 195 MILLION (AND WE’RE STILL WAITING ON THE SUPREME COURT)
  • STONE BREWING RECEIVES $56,000,000 IN TRADEMARK SUIT WITH MOLSON COORS (AND GETS SUED AGAIN)
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  • ONE JUDGE BARS MULTIPLE ISPS FROM PERMITTING ACCESS TO PIRATE SITES
  • PERETTI V. AUTHENTIC SONG RIGHTS TERMINATION CASE DEMONSTRATES NEED FOR ESTATE PLANNING (PRACTICE POINTER) 
  • RIGHT OF PUBLICITY CASE AGAINST FACEBOOK PROCEEDS
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“Grease” rights holders lose lawsuit after demanding shutdown of “Vape” musical parody

“Grease” rights holders lose lawsuit after demanding shutdown of “Vape” musical parody

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Vulnerable Icons and Public Resources

Vulnerable Icons and Public Resources

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/144 Quick take/FYI: Senate confirms Kathy Vidal to lead USPTO CCB FINAL RULE IS OUT WARHOL GRANTED CERT IN PRINCE PAINTING FAIR USE… Continue Reading

Machines, Dark Horses, and Stolen Lyrics 

Machines, Dark Horses, and Stolen Lyrics 

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/143 AI CANNOT BE AN AUTHOR WITH COPYRIGHT PRIVILEGES SCOTUS DETERMINES ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE IS NEEDED TO INVALIDATE COPYRIGHT APPLICATION RESTRICTION AGAINST TRUMP TOO… Continue Reading

A troubling trend in Shopping Agreements.

Recently, I’ve started seeing a dangerous trend in so-called “shopping agreements”. The first few of these came up in deals between podcasters and networks or production services, but I’ve also encountered the problem with TV producer/writer deals.  What’s odd is that, while they seem innocuous, these deals really don’t serve either of the parties very… Continue Reading

Justice Breyer’s copyright legacy, legacy artists, and more.

Justice Breyer’s copyright legacy, legacy artists, and more.

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/142 LADY A TRADEMARK DISPUTE SETTLES (QUICK TAKE) INSTAGRAM SERVER-TEST SUIT (Hunley v. Instagram) DISMISSED WITHOUT LEAVE TO AMEND CARDI B WINS DEFAMATION… Continue Reading

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