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Thursday June 30, 2016

WGAE Announces Council Candidates For 2016 Election

WGAE_logo_colorNEW YORK, NY (June 30, 2016) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced today the 2016 nominees for its Council election.

The Council is the governing body of the WGAE, consisting of 19 members, plus the three officers­ (President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer). Freelance members work in screen, television and digital media, and Staff members work in television, digital and radio news shops under the Guild’s jurisdiction. All candidates are current WGAE member in good standing for one year preceding the election. The WGAE does not endorse or recommend any candidates for Guild office.

Ten (10) council seats will expire this year, seven (7) Freelance and three (3) Staff. Voting will take place online beginning on August 24, 2016. Voting instructions will arrive in August in a Guild envelope marked “Election Material.”

The sixteen (16) candidates for the seven (7) open Freelance seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Timothy Michael Cooper
  • Christopher Kyle (i)
  • Kyle Bradstreet (i)
  • Tracey Scott Wilson
  • Tom Jennings
  • Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
  • David Angelo
  • A.M. Homes
  • Jack Helmuth
  • Stuart Zicherman
  • Theresa Rebeck
  • Marygrace O’Shea
  • Joseph Mazzarino
  • Melissa Salmons
  • John Auerbach (i)
  • Beau Willimon (i)


The six (6) candidates for the three (3) open Staff seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Gail Lee (i)
  • Christopher Barry
  • Jay Alpert
  • Terence Taylor
  • Kathy McGee (i)
  • Matt Nelko

*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

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit

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