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David Goodman has been convincingly re-elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West, beating Phyllis Nagy in a bitter contest that became a referendum on the guild’s ongoing battle with talent agents.
Goodman received 4,395 votes to 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.
Marc - Guggenheim - Votes - Nagy - Allies
Marc Guggenheim took in the most votes of Nagy’s allies with 1,488, followed by Sarah Treem (1,476), Nicholas Kazan (1,462), Courtney A. Kemp (1,418), Jason Fuchs (1,270), Rasheed Newson (1,255), Ayelet Waldman (1,203), Ashley Edward Miller (1,160), Mike Mariano (715).
WGA West Election Q&A: David Goodman on How 'Writers Find a Way to Work Together'
Total - Ballots - % - Voters - Guild
A total of 5,809 valid ballots were cast. Representing 58% of 9,988 eligible voters. It’s the largest in Guild history and more than doubles the previous record turnout of 2,475 in the 2018 Board of Directors election.
The results in the highly contentious and closely watched contest were announced early Monday evening. Ballots were mailed in late August to nearly 10,000 eligible members of the WGA West.
Members - March - Leadership - Code - Conduct
More than 8,000 members voted in March to support the leadership’s Code of Conduct to ban agency packaging fees and affiliate ownership, while less than 400 opposed. Goodman asserted that the changes were essential in order to align the interests of members with agents. Members were ordered to fire their agents on April 13 if the agents had not complied with the Code of Conduct.
Nagy headed the Writers Forward Together on a platform that highlighted the need for the WGA to resume negotiations with the major agencies. Goodman and his allies opted for talks with individual agencies since June. Three mid-sized agencies –Verve,...
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