The Conversation 

The Writers Guild of America 


WGA Statement of Purpose: Why Agencies Must Change

Our agents work for us. Every dollar they make must be generated as a percentage of the money we make. That is what it means to be our representatives and our fiduciaries. Agency-based studios and packaging fees make a mockery of that and are in violation of the agencies’ ethical and legal obligations to writers. We have taken too long to demand that these practices end. But the persistence of a corrupt system does not make it right. And putting things right does not blow up the business. We do not owe our agents their wealth; they owe us their loyalty. That is what we pay for. In a complex, changing, yet immensely profitable time in our industry, writers need true allies, not deeply conflicted ones. It is for this idea—simple, old-fashioned and un-revolutionary—that we stand—and for which we come together as a Guild again today.


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Respectful Workplaces in the Arts X Cultural Human Resources Council


Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is a national campaign to build a sector-wide culture of fairness, dignity and respect. Let’s work together to shape safe and healthy work environments, free from all forms of harassment.


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Center for Scholars and Storytellers 


Media content has never been more prevalent in the lives of children and teens. Meanwhile, the entertainment industry is going through enormous change and is ready to listen.
Although insights that can guide responsible storytelling emerge regularly from the work of social scientists, they are slow to make their way into the hands of the entertainment industry. One major contributor to this problem: Storytellers and scholars rarely take the time to listen to each other, grapple with problems together, and gain a deeper understanding of the other’s mission and work. This is why we exist.


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