2019 ARTISTS' MANAGER BASIC AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS
PUTTING WRITERS FIRST
Forty-three years ago, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) renewed the Artists’ Manager Basic Agreement (AMBA), the contract governing the relationship between guild members and the agents who represent them. This agreement was formed to provide clarity and operating procedures for the business relationship between agents and writers. In 2019, talent agencies and writers are meeting to negotiate the structure of our long-term business agreement.
The ATA wants to work together with the WGA on an agreement that reflects the current and future media landscape and provides clarity, certainty and forward-looking operating procedures for our longstanding relationship. Seismic shifts in the media landscape have dramatically changed the business of Hollywood, creating new challenges for writers that agents are best equipped to navigate - it is the jobs of agents to be fierce advocates and stay one step ahead to deliver the best creative jobs, maximum compensation and increased ownership for their clients.
If you would like to learn more about the long standing business relationship between agents and writers or the status of our ongoing contract negotiations, please click on any of supporting materials linked in the documents archive below.
3.25.19 AMPTP Letter to WGA 3.26.19 Negotiating Hollywood Reporter: Can the Writers Guild 4.5.19 ATA Letter to Rejecting Group Boycott Meeting Statement Turn a Manager into an Agent? Probably Not. Member Agencies