WGA President Says Pandemic ‘Sped Up’ Packaging Fee Victory: ‘Agencies Aren’t Out of the Writer Business’

Jeremy Fuster
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WGA West President David A. Goodman credits the coronavirus pandemic for bringing Hollywood’s major agencies more quickly around to the idea of signing on to the guild’s new franchise agreement and eliminating packaging fees for film and TV projects. The pandemic “might have sped up talks, but our whole strategy was that agencies couldn’t get out of the writer business,” Goodman told TheWrap days after WME became the last of the major agencies to agree to the WGA’s terms and end a three-year standoff. “The idea that the pandemic sped that up is very interesting to me. It would mean that we are more important than even we thought, that this company couldn’t ride out the pandemic without income from writer salaries on television shows. I don’t know if that’s true. I do think that this business model is based around representing writers, period.” With all the agencies agreeing to phase out packaging fees by summer 2022, writers who had fired their agents en masse in April 2019 are now free to return to agency representation. It’s also a big win for Goodman, who staved off an election challenge from Phyllis Nagy backed by showrunners like Ryan Murphy and Shonda...

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