WGA West’s David Goodman on Agency Strategy: ‘We’ll Start Meeting as Soon as Possible’

Variety | 9/16/2019 | Dave McNary
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David Goodman, who was resoundingly re-elected president of the Writers Guild of America West on Monday, said the guild plans to meet with several talent agencies soon in an effort to ease the impasse over packaging fees and affiliated production.

“Many agencies had indicated that they wanted to wait to see the results of the election before they met with us again,” he told Variety.

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Goodman noted that the election became a referendum on the guild’s ongoing battle with talent agents, particularly the guild’s strategy to negotiate with individual agencies rather than with the collective Association of Talent Agents. Goodman received 4,395 votes to Phyllis Nagy’s 1,282 in an election that yielded record turnout among the WGA West’s nearly 10,000 members — more than half of eligible voters cast ballots. Goodman’s allies also won all 10 other seats that were up for election.

“This was the membership saying very loudly and very clearly that they support us and our strategy,” he said. “And this is an activated membership that is telling us to keep going. We’re going to try to start meeting with the individual agencies as soon as possible.”

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Nagy headed the Writers Forward Together on a platform that highlighted the need for the WGA to resume negotiations with the major agencies via the ATA. Goodman and his allies opted for talks...
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