2019 Election

Election Details

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The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) has announced the 2019 candidates for its Council election.

The Council is the governing body of the Writers Guild of America, East, consisting of 19 members, plus the three officers (President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer). Freelance members work in screen, television and new media, and Staff members work in television, radio and digital news shops under the Guild’s jurisdiction.

Nine council seats will expire this year, six (6) Freelance and three (3) Staff, as well as the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. The terms for newly elected Council members will run for two years beginning September 20, 2019.

The Annual Meeting and Council Election will be held at 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Voting online and by mail will begin at 8:00 AM Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

All candidates must be current WGAE members in good standing for at least one year preceding the election. The WGAE does not endorse or recommend any candidates for Guild office.

Candidates for the 2019 Council Election

The Officer candidates are as follows:

  • President – Beau Willimon (i);
  • Vice President – Kathy McGee, Phil Pilato;
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Bob Schneider(i).

The fifteen (15) candidates for the six (6) open Freelance seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Melissa London Hilfers
  • Andy Rheingold
  • Anya Epstein
  • Gina Gionfriddo
  • Bonnie Datt (i)
  • Tracey Scott Wilson (i)
  • Josh Gondelman
  • Courtney Simon (i)
  • Larry Cohen
  • Amy Sohn (i)
  • David Simon (i)
  • Dru Johnston
  • David Angelo
  • Bash Doran
  • Stuart Zicherman

The three (3) candidates for the three (3) open Staff seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Kim Kelly (i)
  • Philip Pilato (i)
  • Hamilton Nolan (i)

*The order of listing candidates is determined by a drawing of candidates’ names by lot, conducted by two members with a WGAE staff member acting as witness.

*(i) denotes incumbent

Candidate Statements

Read candidate statements for the 2019 Council Election here.

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