Opposition Candidate Blasts Writers Guild Tactics Over Agencies

Variety | 8/23/2019 | Dave McNary
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Opposition candidate Nick Jones Jr. has condemned the tactics of the Writers Guild of America in its battle against Hollywood agents.

“I believe we’ve disrupted ourselves more than we’ve disrupted the Big 4,” he said.

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Jones, who’s running for the secretary-treasurer post as part of Phyllis Nagy’s Writers Forward Together slate, is running on a platform that the WGA needs to get back to the bargaining table after two months of staying away — particularly with WME, CAA, UTA and ICM Partners.

The contest, which also includes races for president 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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Jones, a Marine Corp. veteran whose credits include “The Casual,” said in a post Friday that the WGA leadership was wrong to demand on April 13 that members fire their agents if they had not signed the guild’s Code of Conduct banning packaging fees and affiliate production. He asserted that the tactic has backfired.

“One strength of our industry is its ability to adapt,” Jones said. “We all know how quick this industry can shift to operate under new mandates and policies. The purpose of any protest is disruption. The goal against any barrier is infiltration. And the start of any change comes from within. So if we wanted to disrupt the flow of the packaging business with the agencies, why did we leave our agents?”

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“I’d argue that we could have achieved far greater gains in this fight by staying with our agents. Right now, agencies are packaging with directors, actors, and non-writing EPs (executive producers)” he explained. “This practice isn’t anything new. But what happens when you remove a predator...
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