Assistants all over Hollywood work so hard for so little pay. (Which is why there’ve been so many California government crackdowns on what is tantamount to showbiz slave labor.) Ergo, it’s hard to imagine any company trying to get away with paying them less. But tipsters tell me that’s what WME is doing. The new agency is “recalculating” the pay for previous WMA assistants (about $13.50 an hour) to be more on a par with former Endeavor assistants (about $9.50 an hour). As one WMA assistant complained to me, “It’s depressing to think that my already abysmal pay might go down. That would honestly make the wages unliveable. And infinitely more disgusting knowing the millions of dollars certain agents are making.”
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