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March 18, 2021
Court Ruling Leads to Favorable Settlement for Brattle Client in William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC v. Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., et al.

Following a long-running series of disputes, Brattle’s analyses contributed to a highly successful outcome for the Writers Guild of America in the matter of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC v. Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., et al., as the court dismissed William Morris’ preliminary injunction motion and a favorable settlement was agreed upon.

A Brattle team – including Principals Dr. Coleman Bazelon, Dr. James Reitzes, and Dr. Jeremy Verlinda, and Senior Associate Dr. Josephine Duh – analyzed to what degree the writing talent on a TV or film project can be substituted. They also examined the economic impacts of agencies’ use of packaging fees and bundled talent representation, including the effect on writer compensation, and the adverse incentives created by agency ownership of production studios. Dr. Bazelon and Dr. Reitzes served as testifying experts on behalf of the WGA.  

To learn more, read our full Case Highlight on the matter.