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Monday June 8, 2009

WGAE Council Election Results Announced

READ THE CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTSNEW YORK CITY – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced the nominees for its Council (order determined by lot*) today.  The term is for two years from 2009 – 2011.

Michael Winship is running unopposed for President.  There are three candidates running for Vice President: Bob Schneider, Tom Phillips, and Ambrose J. Raftery.  Gail Lee is running unopposed for Secretary-Treasurer.

In addition, there are nine open Council seats (six Freelance seats and three Staff seats) for this election. The 13 candidates for the six open Freelance seats are: Susane Lee, Thomas Kelly, Susan Kim, Adam Brooks, Courtney Simon, Julian Sheppard, Austin Chick, Tim Carvell, Melissa Salmons, Henry Bean, Bobby Spillane, Pippin Parker, and Richard Vetere.

The five candidates for the three open Staff seats are: Sue Brown, Duane Tollison, Angela Perdos, Phil Pilato and Andy Meppen.         

Writers Guild of America, East members may vote by mail or in person at the Annual Membership meeting on September 17, 2009. 

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, new media, and broadcast news. The WGAE conducts programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers. In addition, it represents writers’ interests on the legislative level.  For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit


§         *The order of listing candidates is determined by current members, with one member drawing candidates’           names by lot, a second member transcribing the order, and a third acting as witness.

§        The WGAE does not endorse or recommend any candidates for Guild office.

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