The Writers Guild of America West overwhelmingly approved a resolution authorizing a new code of conduct for talent agents Sunday, in a move that could lead to a wave of entertainment-industry writers firing their agents next week.
More than 8,000 people voted on the question, “Do you authorize the Board and Council to implement an Agency Code of Conduct, if and when it becomes advisable to do so, upon expiration of the current AMBA on April 6, 2019?”
The resolution passed with 95-percent support, according to the guild.
The union representing film, television, radio, and new media writers is currently at odds with the Association of Talent Agents over packaging fees and affiliate production. The major talent agencies are not expected to sign onto the new code, meaning they could no longer be employed by WGA West members as of April 7.
The WGA said it had no further comment.
“Now that the WGA is past its vote, we look forward to getting back into the room to work through an agreement that serves the best interest of writers, respects their individual choice, and prevents unnecessary disruption to our industry,” the ATA said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “We stand ready and waiting.”
GDA West and ATA officials currently have no meetings scheduled.