“There was no counter to our proposal, nor any offer to meet and engage,” agency says in new statement concerning franchise agreement
William Morris Endeavor responded to the Writers Guild of America West’s refusal of their latest franchise agreement proposal, claiming that the guild’s negotiating committee has not provided a counter proposal or offered a meeting despite the agency’s willingness to resolve the two sides’ dispute over the holidays.
“WME presented an updated proposal that made a series of concessions just four days following our hearing on December 18. We made clear our willingness to engage in further dialogue with the WGA at any point during the holidays,” WME said in a statement. “We know this is how every other agency finally reached a deal–they had the opportunity to have a discussion with the Guild to address their specific needs, and that is what we have continuously tried to do in an effort to get a deal done.”
“However, instead of responding directly to us, once again we learned indirectly through media reports that our proposal was rejected by way of a leaked letter the WGA Negotiating Committee sent to Guild members. There was no counter to our proposal, nor any offer to meet and engage. While we find this tactic unhelpful in reaching a resolution, we will persist in our efforts toward reaching a new franchise agreement.”
WME is the last agency that has not signed a franchise agreement with the Writers Guild that would allow it to represent writers after a walkout that has lasted more than 20 months. The franchise agreement that has been signed by CAA, UTA, ICM Partners and other agencies requires that packaging fees, payments from a studio to an agency in exchange for packaging talent which the guild calls a conflict of interest, be phased out by June 2022.
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