Do Hollywood Writers Still Need Agents After WGA’s Packaging Fee Victory?

Many writers are re-examining their relationship with their agents after 21-month standoff in which many relied on each other to find jobs

While the total impact of the Writers Guild of America’s victory in phasing out packaging fees won’t be seen for months or years to come, one big change has hit Hollywood: Many writers are beginning to re-examine their relationships with their agents and rely more on each other to find new jobs.

With thousands of writers now once again being represented by agencies after UTA, CAA, and most recently WME agreed to the guild’s franchise agreement, agents will once again play a role in developing screenplays and pilots into films and TV shows and helping Hollywood newcomers navigate the fine print in their contracts. But some writers expect that agents won’t be expected as much to be the ones that find positions for writers during staffing season.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • • Twitter: @jeremyfuster