With the ATA (Association of Talent Agents) and the WGA (Writers Guild of America) deep in a legal battle for the foreseeable future, where does that leave producers? Here are some practical tools to help producers connect with writers and navigate the current conflict.
Find a Writer
This is a link to the WGA’s Find a Writer (FAW) directory:
https://directories.wga.org/. The directory’s principal aim is to enable potential employers to contact a writer whose name they already know. For example, producers who have open writing assignments or who are looking to develop material, may want to contact a specific writer. They can do so easily with FAW. In addition, it allows searches by various criteria such as gender, ethnicity, orientation, credit and expertise.
Weekly Feature Memo
Every Friday, the WGA sends out a Weekly Feature Memo of available specs and pitches to producers and development execs via a subscription email. Guild members submit their loglines to the Guild, up to two submissions per month. In the memo they are organized by genre. Any producer wanting to read the spec, hear the pitch or set a general meeting can contact the writer via a link to the Find a Writer directory. Producers can subscribe to the memo here: www.wga.org/employers/employment/weekly-feature-memo-subscribe.
Get Your Direct Email Delivered
The WGA can forward emails to specific Guild members via WriterAvail@wga.org.
Open Writing Assignments
The WGA is currently developing a tool to allow producers to advise writers of OWAs and invite them to express interest. An invitation for access to the tool will be sent to producers once it is available. For any general questions, the WGAW Agency department can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s clear producers will need to get creative until this situation is resolved, but we know that’s something that comes naturally to them.