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WGA West President David A. Goodman jokes about Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel at Writers Guild Awards – Deadline

Fresh off the historic WGA win over talent creation agencies, WGA West President David A. Goodman opened his remarks tonight at the 73rd Writers Guild Awards with a nudge. to Ari Emanuel, the CEO of Endeavor, the parent company of WME, who was the last to sign the guild’s franchise agreement. “We’re recording this three weeks before the ceremony,” he joked, “so if anything happened to me in the meantime, I’d encourage the police to take a look at Ari Emanuel.

All kidding aside, Goodman and WGA East President Beau Willimon thanked the guild members for their hard work and support during one of the toughest years in WGA history. “It has been a difficult year for all of us,” said Goodman, “and I am happy that we can take this time, not only to celebrate the exceptional work of our members, but also to thank you for your solidarity and support. . has led to a number of recent and notable successes.

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“The completion of our agency campaign made us real partners again with the representatives of our agencies, and during our last MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement) negotiations, we obtained, among other things, paid parental leave transferable which should become unlike any other union parental leave in the country. “

“There will always be more struggles,” he said, “whether it’s continuing to fight for better streaming pay, or protecting screenwriters from free labor, or trying to ” get WGA coverage for our animated writers, or use our collective power to make substantive change. in the area of ​​inclusion and equity. We are incredibly proud to be part of a group that is ready to fight, unite and sacrifice, if necessary, and continue to improve the value of what we do.

Willimon spoke eloquently about the power of storytelling and the “noble work” writers do to help us through these difficult times. “A year ago, these awards were presented in person, ”he said. “Soon after, the whole world, including our industry, had to deal with a global pandemic. We would like to recognize the challenges many of you have faced over the past year and the resilience you have shown. We thank the awards committees and staff of both guilds for the extraordinary work they have done to organize this virtual ceremony under such difficult circumstances.

“These awards honor the work of writers. Every movie and TV show begins with a script, with people shaping an idea into words and doing something where there was nothing. In an age when the world is grappling with so much, storytelling is more important than ever. You all do the noble job of continuing human history; to show society a mirror; to face pain and bring joy; to ward off despair and inspire hope with empathy, honesty and beauty.

“Thank you for the work you do and thank you for doing it in solidarity with your fellow writers. Hopefully next year we can do it in person. ”

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