The Association of Talent Agents (ATA), is not a talent agency. ATA is a non-profit trade association representing the finest talent agencies in the industry. Founded in 1937, ATA is the voice of unified talent and literary agencies. ATA agencies represent the vast majority of working artists, including actors, directors, writers, and other artists in film, stage, television, radio, commercial, literary work, and other entertainment enterprises.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN ATA:
- Named Bargaining Partner for Guild Agency Regulations (WGA, DGA, AFTRA, & expired SAG)
- Interpret Agency Regulations
- Settlement of Agency Commission Disputes
- Testimony and/or Present At Agency Arbitrations
- ATA forged alliances regarding passage of the American Jobs Creation Tax Bill
- Informative topical news on Website
- Round table discussions with your peers
- Daily email newsblasts to members
- Monthly Board Meetings
- Educational Seminars (e.g., Understanding Collective Bargaining Agreements, Do's & Don'ts of Employment Contracts)
- ATA/SAG Residual Tracking System
- Membership discounts
- ATA/CSA (Casting Society of America) Cooperative Committee
- ATA/CCDA (Commercial Casting Director Association) Cooperative Committee
- ATA Full Time CA and NY State Lobbyist
- Minors representation legal authorities
- Entertainment Health Care Insurance References
- WGA & DGA Outreach Programs
- Membership Meetings
- ATA Educational Contract Booklets
- Meetings With State Assembly Persons
- Meetings With Labor Commissioner and Legal Staff
ATA Celebrating over 70 Years
THE ASSOCIATION OF TALENT AGENTS (ATA) is a Los Angeles based nonprofit trade association comprised of over 100 talent agencies primarily located in Los Angeles and New York. ATA's premiere membership includes agencies of all sizes representing artist clients in the motion picture industry, stage, television, radio, commercials and literary work. It is believed that ATA member agencies collectively represent ninety percent (90%) of the working artists. ATA member agencies collectively employ an estimated one thousand talent agents.
(See memberlist under ATA Membership heading on this website)
The birth of ATA (originally known as Artists Managers Guild in 1937) is tied substantially to a proliferation of talent unions and guilds that formed after the Supreme Court upheld the Wagner Act. As the creative unions emerged, each sought a process to create a formal relationship between their members and the agents who represented them. ATA's founders created ATA to serve the agents by providing a needed strong united voice to represent agents interests along with their clients.
Agency Regulations. For over sixty-seven 67 years ATA (and NATR) have negotiated agreements with the talent unions and guilds. These include, Screen Actors Guild (SAG Agency Agreement terminated on April 19, 2002 for all franchised agents), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists ,Actors' Equity Association (AEA), Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). ATA and/or NATR are the named bargaining partner in the union agency regulations. These Regulations, along with the California Talent Agency Act and other applicable City and State law, create the foundation upon which the agency business operates.
Agency Regulations require interpretation, construction and advice, which ATA provides to member agencies. The Regulations govern such subjects as the length of representation contracts, commissions, conflict of interest issues, dispute resolution and numerous other issues that affect the agency business. ATA maintains a running dialog with all the unions and guilds and state officials.
ATA is involved in the dispute resolution provided for in various agency regulations and contracts. In some cases, ATA runs a dispute resolution system with Union and Guilds and is currently involved in setting up new procedures post the SAG Agency Franchise termination.
ATA helps member companies, on a daily basis, with commission grievances, contract interpretation and agent employee changes as well as referrals relating to bonds, insurance, health care and more.
ATA's website is a great source, providing up to date information on events affecting talent agencies. The website reports on recent court decisions and ATA's representation of agency interests before the state legislature. ATA takes positions on oral contract disputes, copyright, tax issues, immigration, minors and a host of other matters.
Agents are informed about ATA sponsored symposiums, arbitration decisions, disputes within unions and guilds, new technology and more. ATA's unique tracking system is available for its members' use. The system provides information regarding residual compensation paid to actors under certain circumstances.
Cooperative meetings are an intricate part of ATA. It holds regular meetings with its members, employers, state officials, unions, and casting directors. ATA's full time state lobbyist and its political strategist represent ATA before the legislature and maintain our presence at the State Capitol.
ATA's legal team is made up of top Labor, Antitrust and Association attorneys.
Available at ATA
Riders for Minor's agency contracts
State Approved Agency Contracts
Arbitration claim forms
AFTRA Agency Contracts
Application for State License renewals
Copies of Laws Relating to Talent Agencies
Excerpts from the California Labor Code & California Code of Regulations, Title 8
New York Talent Agency Laws
Copies of all union/guild agency regulations
Board of Directors
Sixteen elected and appointed Board of Directors, representing all segments of the agency community, governs ATA. Board members and officers serve two-year terms. Professional staff conducts day-to-day activity. The current Board serves through December 2013.
Click here to see Board of Director list
ATA is a voluntary organization. Memberships are granted to qualifying talent agencies.
Click here to learn how to join ATA
ATA Committees - 2012
Jim Gosnell, Co-Chair - APA
Tom McGuire, Co-Chair - WME
Sandy Bresler - Bresler-Kelly
Rick Levy - ICM
Shelly Sroloff - CAA
Andrew Thau - UTA
Rick Levy, Co-Chair - ICM
Michael Rubel, Co-Chair - CAA
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Ryan & Associates
Cindy Kazarian, Chair - Kazarian/Spencer/Ruskin
Membership Review Committee
Pearl Wexler - The Kohner Agency
Rita Vennari - Sutton, Barth & Vennari
Denny Sevier - The House of Representatives
Sandy Bresler, Treasurer - Bresler-Kelly
ATA Political Action Committee
Jeffrey Freedman - CAA
Jim Gosnell - APA
Rick Levy - ICM
Tom McGuire - WME
Andrew Thau - UTA
Barry Brokaw, ATA Lobbyist - Sacramento Advocates