Agency Code of Conduct

About the Code of Conduct

On April 13, 2019 the Writers Guild of America implemented a new Code of Conduct for agencies that represent writers for work covered by a WGA collective bargaining agreement.

WGA members may only be represented for WGA-covered work by agencies signed to the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct is a landmark agreement that realigns agency incentives with their writer-clients and eliminates the conflicts of interest inherent in agencies’ receipt of packaging fees and financial interest in production entities. Agencies signed to the Code may only represent writers for a 10% commission and may not receive packaging fees or be affiliated with a company producing or distributing motion pictures.

The Code also contains important provisions on how agencies must represent writers, provide timely information to the WGA to enforce the collective bargaining agreement and writers’ individual agreements, and promote non-discrimination and inclusion.

For more information, please review the linked information provided below.

If you have questions, please contact the Agency Department by email ( or by calling Geoff Betts at (212) 767-7852.

Agency Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct governs the relationship among the WGA, talent agencies and WGA members.

Rider W

Ride W contains standard contract provisions that are deemed incorporated into all representation agreements, written or oral, between WGA members and signatory agencies.

Rules Governing Arbitration

The Rules Governing Arbitration provide an efficient mechanism for resolving any dispute arising under the Agency Code of Conduct or individual representation agreements.

Become a Franchised Agency

If you are a talent agency that wishes to represent WGA members, you must be franchised by the WGA.

Signatory Agency List

The following agencies have signed the 2019 WGA Agency Code of Conduct and may represent writers starting on April 7, 2019.

Submit Your Documents

Send writer employment contracts and invoices to Rochelle Rubin, Signatories Manager / Contracts and Agency, by email. If you have questions about submitting your documents, contact Rochelle Rubin by email or by phone: (212) 767-7837.

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