Inside UTA’s Writers Guild Deal: No Packaging Fees – But With a Catch

WGA reached the monumental deal with the agency on Wednesday morning, ending a two-year long dispute

After a two-year battle to block Hollywood talent agencies to collect packaging fees from film and TV projects in addition to client commissions, the Writers Guild of America on Wednesday scored a major victory in settling with UTA, one of the four major agencies in the standoff.

But there’s a big catch in the settlement, which follows the union’s deals with more than 80 talent agencies for whom packaging is less of a factor. UTA agreed to eliminate packaging fees by the end of June 2022– but only if the guild can reach an agreement with one of the three other top major agency holdouts: CAA, WME, or ICM Partners.

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster