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Thursday June 20, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East Announces Council Candidates For 2019 Election

NEW YORK, NY (June 20, 2019) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today announced the 2019 candidates for its Council election.

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 12:00 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.

The Officer candidates are as follows:

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

The sixteen (16) candidates for the six (6) open Freelance seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Melissa London Hilfers
  • Andy Rheingold
  • Anya Epstein
  • Gina Gionfriddo
  • Hilary Bettis
  • 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 four (4) candidates for the three (3) open Staff seats are (order determined by lot*):

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

Freelance members work in screen, television and digital media, and Staff members work in television, radio and digital news shops.

*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 film, television, news and new media. 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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