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Producers Survival Guide: Where Does The Legal Battle Between the ATA and the WGA Leave Producers?

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 10, 2019

The conflict between the WGA and talent agencies, which began in April, is still unresolved. Here is an update on resources available to producers to help navigate the new landscape.

WGA Staffing & Development Platform

The WGA is expanding its online tools for producers who are seeking writers. The tools are offered through a web-based portal called the WGA Staffing & Development Platform. The portal can be found at wgaplatform.org. Producers create individual accounts, which will be organized by company as well.

This platform includes the previously developed Find-a-Writer database, the Weekly Feature Memo of available specs and pitches, and the Open Writing Assignment tools. It also includes the recently launched Weekly TV Development Memo, which offers TV pilot specs and pitches.

Find A Writer Plus

The Find-a-Writer database is still on the WGA’s website (at both wga.org and wgae.org). Inside the platform, however, is an expanded version of the database, available only to producers with accounts for this platform. It includes information about writers’ availability and development interests. The database also has a web form for sending an email to any WGA member.

OWAs

The WGA’s plan for Open Writing Assignment listings has become clearer. Producers can list open projects, and WGA writers will be able to submit their expression of interest in up to three OWAs per month. The submissions can include a note from the writer about why the project appeals to them, as well as a writing sample and a description of the writer’s experience.

Writer Lists

Another tool on the WGA Staffing & Development Platform allows producers to create and annotate lists of writers. Producers can create as many lists as they want, with any number of writers, and add notes or annotations. The lists include each writer’s up-to-date availability information and a button to open an email form to send a direct message to the writer.

General Meetings Tool

Writers and producers are also able to contact each other to express interest in having a general meeting. Writers are limited in how many meetings they can request each month. Producers have no limit.

And More…

Additional tools are planned, but the WGA wants to know what tools producers want prioritized. Let the WGA know how it can improve the apps it rolls out on the platform and what other information or functions would help you accomplish your goals, and find and contact the writers you need for your projects. Producers can provide the WGA with feedback at directories@wga.org.


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