Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West

Agency Specialist

Based in Los Angeles, CA


The Writers Guild of America, West, is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Agency Specialist. This position is a full time, non-exempt (hourly) position with excellent comprehensive benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Under the supervision of the Director of Agency, the Agency Specialist enforces signatory agency compliance with the Franchise Agreement; advocates for the Guild and Guild members in agency-related matters; counsels Guild members as to their obligations under Guild Working Rules and their rights under the Franchise Agreement; investigates potential MBA violations, including unpaid-compensation and late-pay matters, with agency-provided information; and provides professional support for other Agency Department initiatives.


  • Educates and counsels Guild members concerning their obligations under Guild Working Rules;
  • Educates and counsels Guild members concerning commission matters arising under the Franchise Agreement, the Artists’ Manager Basic Agreement of 1976, and individual representation agreements;
  • Educates and counsels Guild members about their rights under the Franchise Agreement, including Rider W, and individual representation agreements;
  • Assists Guild members with resolving disputes with agencies (e.g. reimbursement of improper commissions);
  • Advises and educates signatory agencies about their obligations under the Franchise Agreement;
  • Monitors and enforces signatory agency compliance with obligations under the Franchise Agreement, and drafts and communicates first demand to signatory agency in the event of non-compliance; works to resolve such disputes before initiation of an arbitration claim;
  • Reviews, analyzes, and advises Guild members concerning representation agreements and similar documents;
  • Takes and transcribes minutes for Guild meetings, including staff meetings and negotiations;
  • Generates agency reports using Reporting Services, and modifies the reports as necessary to support Agency Department needs;
  • Investigates potential MBA violations, including whether writers have been paid, and on a timely basis, for their writing services;
  • Identifies, obtains and analyzes documents and other evidence from writers, agents, attorneys, companies, managers and/or other departments in the Guild to investigate Agency Department matters and to support Agency Department strategic objectives;
  • Performs additional duties as deemed necessary by the Director of Agency.


  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  2. Excellent analytical and organizational skills with attention to detail
  3. A pleasant telephone manner
  4. Excellent time management skills
  5. Ability to handle sensitive and complex matters in high-pressure situations
  6. Must be computer literate in MS Word, Outlook and Excel
  7. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and to interact with members, staff and individuals from the entertainment community on sensitive and confidential matters in a personable and professional manner and with minimum supervision
  8. Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously

Applicants should email a cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at: recruitment[at]wga.org.

For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.

WGAW is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage qualified people with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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