Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on August 13, 2019.
The WGA remains committed to reaching a deal with the Big 4 talent agencies, separate and apart from the Association of Talent Agents, according to John August, a member of the guild’s negotiating committee and an outgoing member of the WGA West’s board of directors. “Negotiations with the Big 4 agencies remains a priority,” he said on his latest Scriptnotes podcast with co-host Craig Mazin.
Mazin, meanwhile, opened up about the family medical issue that forced him to drop out of the WGA West election as opposition leader Phyllis Nagy’s vice presidential running mate. Previously, he’d said that he was withdrawing from the race “due to a medical issue with an immediate family member that will require more of my attention and care in the next year than I had expected. I would have loved to serve, but I will not be able to.”
“A little context,” he said on the podcast. “First of all, no one’s dying. I think that’s important for people to know. But I do have a kid who has multiple chronic health issues. And I think literally the day after I said, ‘OK, I’ll go ahead and run for vice president,’ we got a call that he had to go into emergency surgery for the second time in a year. And it’s a complicated surgery. It’s not the kind where they poke three holes in you. It’s the kind where they make a big line and go, ‘Wheeeee.’ So good news is, he’s recuperating quite nicely, but he does have medical issues that we have to pay attention to. And it seemed to me not only that I was not going to be able to have the time or attention to give to the race, but even worse, my ability to serve effectively for two years should I win, was fairly compromised, because, you know, if this happens again, or if one of his other conditions sort of backs up and that requires attention, then I just won’t be present or be able to do the gig. So for that reason, I had to drop out. But, you know, again, good news, to be clear, no one’s dying. But you know, it hasn’t been a great month.” …