The Hollywood writers-agents story could become a court drama.The Writers Guild of America, whose members include Seth MacFarlane, Patton Oswalt, Tony Kushner and Tina Fey, is claiming in a lawsuit that Tinseltown’s most powerful agencies have profited on the backs of the writers through the use of so-called packaging fees.

The packaging fees collected by CAA, UTA, WME and ICM are connected to the agent’s involvement in developing a TV show or film.For example, instead of shopping a new script to studios and getting the standard 10 percent of the best price offered, agents are cutting a production deal directly with studios for scripts as well as for bringing in the other talent, like actors and directors.

The guild cited packaged shows like “Madame Secretary,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Homeland” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

The agencies note that packaging fees save writers a commission they’d otherwise pay and give them better access to producers and talent.

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