Beau Willimon Running Unopposed for Re-Election as President of Writers Guild East

Variety | 6/20/2019 | Dave McNary
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Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” is running unopposed for re-election to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East.

Willimon also ran unopposed in 2017 to succeed Michael Winship. The WGA East announced a total of 24 candidates Thursday for its top officer posts and Council seats. Results will be announced Sept. 20.

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The announcement comes with the WGA locked in a heated standoff with Hollywood agents over the issues of how agents represent WGA members. The guild required on April 13 that members fire their agents if the agents had not signed a Code of Conduct, which bans agents from taking packaging fees and prohibits agencies from owning production affiliates.

Willimon has been criticized for working last year with Endeavor Content, an affiliate of WME, on the Hulu drama “The First,” which was canceled after one season. WGA West executive director David Young has blasted news media accounts of a similar deal about negotiating committee co-chair Christopher Keyser shopping a new series co-produced by Endeavor Content. Both the Willimon and Keyser deals were set up before April 13.

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