WGA files suit against major talent agencies

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An already intense conflict has moved into outright war as the WGA takes the four major talent agencies--WME, CAA, UTA and ICM--to court over packaging fees. The suit comes after thousands of WGA members fired their agents after the agencies refused to comply with a new WGA code of conduct that gets rid of packaging fees, which have been a windfall for the agencies over the years, but left writers with far less money than they would have earned under a more traditional 10% commission system. Eight individual writers, including David Simon, are also named in as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

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