Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy Runs for Writers Guild Presidency, Citing Agency Stalemate

Variety | 7/23/2019 | Dave McNary
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Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is challenging Writers Guild of America West’s incumbent president David Goodman, citing his handling of the bitter stalemate between the WGA and Hollywood agents.

Nagy announced her candidacy online Monday night, a day before the deadline for filing. She made the announcement in a private online group as part of Writers for Negotiation, which has been voicing concerns about the lack of progress in the standoff.

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She’s the second presidential candidate to oppose Goodman, who has become the WGA’s public voice during the dispute for more than a year. Veteran writer William Schmidt (“Yellowstone”) announced in early July that he was running against Goodman due to a lack of confidence in Goodman’s abilities.

Goodman announced on June 20 that the guild had called off negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents in favor of pursuing individual talks with nine top agencies as it enforces a total ban on packaging fees and affiliated production for agents representing guild members. No new talks have been scheduled.

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The WGA West announced on June 21 that its negotiating committee had sought a second unidentified candidate for the presidency but that person opted not to run. Nagy and Schmidt are running via petition, under which members can submit 25 member signatures by July 23.

Election results will be announced on Sept. 16. Several of the 20 candidates seeking WGA West board seats — Ayelet Waldman and Rasheed Newson — have also gone public with their concerns about the handling of the negotiations with the ATA.

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Nagy, who received an Academy Award nomination for the “Carol” adapted screenplay, said in her announcement that she has received strong support among members for a resolution of the dispute over the lapsed Artists’ Manager Basic Agreement...
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