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Monday, January 25, 2010

Networks, Talent Agencies, Writers Agree To Settle Long Running Suit Over Age Discrimination

The grey-listing (ageism) lawsuit against various tv studios seems to be at an end, with a court-okayed settlement.

Various writers, led by Tracy Keenan Wynn, filed the suit in 2000, alleging that they were systematically prevented from competing for work by talent agents and the networks and studios, work instead going to younger writers who were perceived as more likely to appeal to viewers. According to an article in Variety, among the defendants who have settled by agreeing to a payment of $70 million to the 165 plaintiffs are ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, DreamWorks TV, Spelling Telelvision, Carsey Werner, and Warner Brothers Television, and agencies APA, UTA, and William Morris. Creative Artists Agency has not agreed to the settlement.

Here's more from the Fresno Bee.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/media_law_prof_blog/2010/01/networks-talent-agencies-writers-agree-to-settle-long-running-suit-over-age-discrimination.html

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