"In order to make absolutely clear our commitment to bringing a speedy conclusion to negotiations, we have decided to withdraw our proposals on reality and animation. Our organizing efforts to achieve Guild representation in these genres for writers will continue. You will hear more about this in the next two weeks."Me? I'm disappointed, not surprised. Forgive me if I don't clutch my heart over this.
So who represents animation writers?
Well, at least, for now, it's not the WGA. We're off the table again.
And as an animation script writer, I can say... I don't really think it'll ever be IATSE. We are a small voice in a gigantic union.
The IATSE contract is up in 18 months. Lets see how that all shakes out. Will IATSE use the WGA as a template in the same way IATSE wanted the WGA to use the DGA agreement?
Hell if I know.
If you're an animation person, and you want good representation, you're gonna have to find it, pick it, and pay for it.
For a lawyer to read your fine print and protect you.
For an agent to fight for you and you alone.
For an accountant, or a business manager, to help you save money and build your own pension.
And most importantly, for your own talent to shine bright enough that it can secure a future above minimums.
Because apparently, as of right now, I don't see a better option.