Writers Guild Candidate Phyllis Nagy Warns of Risks to Residuals (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 8/21/2019 | Dave McNary
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Phyllis Nagy, who is challenging Writers Guild of America West President David Goodman, has warned that guild leaders are endangering future residuals.

Nagy, in a message posted Wednesday on her Writers Forward Together site, said residual payments are the most important issue the WGA faces during upcoming negotiations on a successor deal to the current master contract. That deal with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires May 1.

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“It’s the second, third and fourth most important issues, too,” she added in a post titled “The Residual Costs of Ignoring Residuals.” “Residuals are what see us through lean times and provide a measure of security while we secure new work. Only those with multi-year overall deals and other highly overscale deals don’t lose sleep over how we get from year to year, how to qualify for health insurance and how to cease worrying about where the next check comes from.”

Nagy and her slate have contended that WGA needs to get back to the bargaining table after two months of staying away. The contest, which includes races for secretary-treasurer and eight board seats, is viewed as a referendum on the WGA’s hard-nosed approach versus more accommodating tactics. Election results will be announced on Sept. 16.

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The WGA West disclosed last month in its annual report to its 10,000 members that collected residuals in 2018 jumped 7.2% to $462 million with TV residuals jumping 10% to $307 million. New media residuals surged 16.5% to $76.5 million. Film residuals edged up 1.1% to $155 million.

difficult strike to preserve our residuals,” Nagy said. “I urge all of us to think carefully about this as we contemplate the efficacy of a divide-and-conquer strategy with the non-packaging agencies in the hope that the most powerful agencies will capitulate.”

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