Agencies claim end of packaging fees would have cost writers $49m in 2017-18 TV season

War of words continues as WGA publishes second report in a week.

The Association of Talent Agents (Ata) on Monday (18) claimed that writers would have been hit with $49m in commissions payments had packaging fees been eliminated in the 2017-18 television season.

As the war of words between the Hollywood agencies and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) rumbled on, the Ata revealed its findings from completed portions of a commissioned report by consultancy firm L.E.K. on the potential financial impact of the abolition of agency fees.

Later on Monday sources from both sides described the day’s resumption of negotiations as unproductive.
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