WGA West President David A. Goodman Asks Members To Respond To Agent And Manager Survey

Saying that “this may be my last official request as president of the WGAW,” David A. Goodman asks members to respond to a quick survey on the current state of their representation by officers and managers. Goodman’s term ends on September 21, when he will be replaced by Meredith Stiehm, who was a leader in the WGA’s historic campaign to reshape the agency industry.

“As nearly six months have passed since the agency campaign ended and my nightmares have almost stopped,” he joked in an email to members, “the Guild wants to better understand how members are. represented, whether with an agency, a manager, neither. It will only take you 1 minute to help us update your performance information. And if you don’t have representation, we need to know that too.

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The survey has five parts:
1. Are you currently represented by a franchised agency?
2. Please let us know which franchised agency represents you.
3. Are you currently looking to be represented by a franchise agency?
4. Why are you not looking to be represented by a franchise agency?
5. Are you currently represented by a management company?

Possible answers to question 4 include:
a. I don’t need or want agency representation
b. I am satisfied to be represented by a manager without agency representation
vs. I am satisfied to be represented by a lawyer without agency representation
D. I stopped looking for agency representation after one or more unsuccessful attempts to sign me

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Having recently won its two-year legal battle with the big agencies, the answers to the last two questions could be important if the WGA decides to hire personal managers next. Unlike agents, managers are not regulated by either the guild or the state. Managers, however, played a key role in helping members find work after dropping off agents en masse at the start of the agencies campaign.

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