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Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President

Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President
Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East, following an unopposed campaign to succeed Michael Winship.

The results were announced Tuesday evening in New York. Incumbent vice president Jeremy Pikser and secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider were also re-elected after running unopposed.

Winners of the six open Freelance seats are incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim, and Courtney Simon along with Amy Sohn, Tracey Scott Wilson, and David Simon. Andrea Ciannavei, the runner-up for the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the council to fill the vacancy created by Willimon’s election as president.

Incumbent Phil Pilato was re-elected for an open Staff seat along with Kim Kelly and Hamilton Nolan.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He
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Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President

Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East, following an unopposed campaign to succeed Michael Winship.

The results were announced Tuesday evening in New York. Incumbent vice president Jeremy Pikser and secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider were also re-elected after running unopposed.

Winners of the six open Freelance seats are incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim, and Courtney Simon along with Amy Sohn, Tracey Scott Wilson, and David Simon. Andrea Ciannavei, the runner-up for the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the council to fill the vacancy created by Willimon’s election as president.

Incumbent Phil Pilato was re-elected for an open Staff seat along with Kim Kelly and Hamilton Nolan.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He
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‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon Elected President of Writers Guild of America, East

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‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon Elected President of Writers Guild of America, East
House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon was elected president of the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) on Tuesday as a result of its 2017 Council election. Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider both won reelection. Incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim and Courtney Simon, along with new members David Simon, Amy Sohn and Tracey Scott Wilson, were elected to the Freelance Council. Also Read: Writers Guild of America West Blasts Trump Charlottesville Comments: 'Disgraces Our Nation' Incumbent Andrea Ciannavei, runner-up to the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the Council to fill the
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WGA West President David Goodman: ‘We Will Need Another Strike Threat’

WGA West President David Goodman: ‘We Will Need Another Strike Threat’
Hollywood writers will need to issue an official strike threat in 2020 to get a decent contract, according to the incoming president of the Writers Guild of America West.

David A. Goodman, who will become the new WGA West president on Sept. 18, has told members in recent days that getting a strike authorization is essential to improving on the current three-year master contract, which was hammered out at the last minute on May 1.

Goodman, in his statement to members in the 70-page WGA West election booklet sent out a few days ago, asserts that membership’s 96% support of a strike authorization in April was requisite for the gains in the current deal.

Goodman, the current VP of the guild and an ex-officio member of the negotiating committee, is the only candidate to succeed Howard Rodman. The WGA West nominating committee selected Goodman and another candidate, who withdrew, and no one opted to run by petition.

The
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WGA West President David Goodman: ‘We Will Need Another Strike Threat’

Hollywood writers will need to issue an official strike threat in 2020 to get a decent contract, according to the incoming president of the Writers Guild of America West.

David A. Goodman, who will become the new WGA West president on Sept. 18, has told members in recent days that getting a strike authorization is essential to improving on the current three-year master contract, which was hammered out at the last minute on May 1.

Goodman, in his statement to members in the 70-page WGA West election booklet sent out a few days ago, asserts that membership’s 96% support of a strike authorization in April was requisite for the gains in the current deal.

Goodman, the current VP of the guild and an ex-officio member of the negotiating committee, is the only candidate to succeed Howard Rodman. The WGA West nominating committee selected Goodman and another candidate, who withdrew, and no one opted to run by petition.

The
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Beau Willimon Running Unopposed for WGA East Presidency

House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon is running unopposed for the presidency of the Writers Guild of America East to succeed Michael Winship, who has opted not to run.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He was on the negotiating committee that reached an 11th hour deal with production companies on May 1.

“Should I be re-elected to Council, I plan to be very involved in the negotiating process,” he said last year. “Having worked for almost a decade with major film studios and having been at the forefront of launching streaming television, I have a unique on-the-ground perspective that I believe will be useful voice in making sure we remain strong as a union moving forward.”

Incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider are also running unopposed.

The 10 candidates for the six open Freelance seats are Amy Sohn, David Handelman, Stu Zicherman
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Beau Willimon Running Unopposed for WGA East Presidency

House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon is running unopposed for the presidency of the Writers Guild of America East to succeed Michael Winship, who has opted not to run.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He was on the negotiating committee that reached an 11th hour deal with production companies on May 1.

“Should I be re-elected to Council, I plan to be very involved in the negotiating process,” he said last year. “Having worked for almost a decade with major film studios and having been at the forefront of launching streaming television, I have a unique on-the-ground perspective that I believe will be useful voice in making sure we remain strong as a union moving forward.”

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Incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider are also running unopposed.

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Writers Guild East Incumbents Sweep in Latest Election

Members of the Writers Guild of America East have re-elected all nine incumbents on the ballot to two-year terms.

President Michael Winship, secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider and VP Jeremy Pikser were running unopposed. This marks Winship’s fifth consecutive term.

Four incumbents for the six open freelance seats on the council were re-elected — Henry Bean, Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim and Courtney Simon — along with newcomers Andrea Ciannavei and Bill Scheft.

Incumbents Sue Brown and Phil Pilato won re-election for staff seats along with newcomer David Keller.

Voting began among the 4,000 WGA East members on Aug. 26.

The New York-based WGA East jointly negotiates the master contract covering feature film and TV work with the WGA West. The current pact expires on May 1, 2017.

The WGA West will announce its election results on Monday.
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WGA East Sees Incumbents Rule

Members of the Writers Guild of America East have elected all eight incumbents for two-year terms to its council seats.

Results were announced Friday. WGA East president Michael Winship and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider both ran for re-election unopposed and Jeremy Pikser won the VP slot.

It’s the fourth two-year term for Winship, who was first elected six weeks before the WGA strike in 2007.

Incumbents Susan Kim, Bonnie Datt, Courtney Simon, Henry Bean and Bernardo Ruiz were re-elected to freelance seats along with Zhubin Parang.

A trio of staff reps were re-elected to the council — Sue Brown McCann, Duane Tollison and Phil Pilato.

The WGA East, which reps about 4,000 writers, jointly negotiates the master contract covering feature film and TV work with the WGA West. The current pact expires May 1.
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Michael Winship to Run Unopposed For WGA East Presidency

Michael Winship is running unopposed for a fourth two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East.

The WGA East made the announcement Monday, three days after the WGA West announced Christopher Keyser was running without opposition for a second term.

WGA East Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider is running for re-election unopposed. VP Jeremy Pikser is opposed by Jeff Christman for the VP slot.

Five incumbents are seeking freelance seats on the council — Bonnie Datt, Henry Bean, Bernardo Ruiz, Susan Kim and Courtney Simon. Seven other candidates are running: Zhubin Parang, David Atkins, Robert Levi, Michael Lannan, Amy Sohn, Norman Steinberg and George Strayton.

Three incumbents are seeking the three open staff seats: Duane Tollison, Phil Pilato and Sue Brown McCann. Jeff Christman and Matt Nelko are also running.

The WGA East, which reps about 4,000 writers, will hold its annual membership meeting and election on Sept. 19. The New York-based
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Wgae Announces Council Candidates

New York – The Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) announced today the 2013 nominees (order determined by lot) for its Council election. The term is for two years from 2013-2015. There are nine (9) open Council seats (six Freelance seats and three Staff seats) in this election. The twelve (12) candidates for the six (6) open Freelance seats are: Zhubin Parang, Bonnie Datt (i), David Atkins, Henry Bean (i), Bernardo Ruiz (i), Susan Kim (i), Robert Levi, Michael Lannan, Amy Sohn, Courtney Simon (i), Norman Steinberg and George Strayton. The five (5) candidates for the three (3) open Staff seats are: Duane Tollison (i), Jeff Christman, Phil Pilato (i), Matt Nelko and Sue Brown McCann (i). Guild President Michael Winship and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider are running for reelection unopposed. Vice President Jeremy Pikser is running for re-election and faces Jeff Christman. The Wgae annual membership meeting and election is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2013. Related: Wgaw Unveils
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WGA East To Honor Bob Schneider With Service Award

New York City – Writers Guild of America, East today announced that it will honor current Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider with its annual Richard B. Jablow Award, named after the Guild’s first counsel who helped found the organization and authored its constitution, for devoted service to the Guild. The honor will be presented to Schneider by last year’s recipient Susan Kim, during the 65th Annual Writers Guild Awards, at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on Sunday, February 17, 2013. “I am thrilled and proud that my good friend and colleague Bob Schneider is receiving this year’s Jablow Award from the Writers Guild East. As our current secretary-treasurer and past vice president and council member, Bob has been a stalwart, outspoken and effective defender of our union. And as a trustee of the Writers Guild-Industry Health Fund and the Producers-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan, he has stood on
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WGA East Unveils 2011 Election Results

The Writers Guild East has announced the results of its 2011 elections, notable not so much for the lack of competition (the main incumbents ran unopposed) but for being the first to institute online voting, which the guild said resulted in higher participation and no invalidated ballots. Wgae president Michael Winship ran unopposed and was re-elected; Jeremy Pikser was elected VP and replaces Bob Schneider, who was elected Secretary Treasurer succeeding Gail Lee. Henry Bean, Bonnie Datt, Elliot Kalan, Susan Kim, Bernardo Ruiz, and Courtney Simon were voted in as freelance members to the Wgae Council, while Sue Brown McCann, Phil Pilato, and Duane Tollison were elected to staff seats. The terms run through September 2013.
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Comics Review: City of Spies by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Pascal Dizin

I recently went to a book release party at the NYC Museum of Comics and Art at the behest of a friend who was unable to attend. I knew nothing of the graphic novel that was being showcased, City of Spies (First Second Books). Nor had I heard of the creative team, Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, the authors, and Pascal Dizin, the artist. Kim and Klavan originally developed the story as a screenplay, intending to mix live action with short segments of comic books art. After becoming convinced that graphic novel would make a worthy medium for delivering their tale, the authors enlisted the artistic talent of Dizin. A newcomer to graphic novel art, Dizin was well-versed in the style of the period, drawing influence from the movies of the 1940s and Hergé’s The Adventures of Tintin. Together, the trio successfully rendered a ...
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Michael Winship re-elected WGAE president

Michael Winship has been re-elected to a second term as president of the WGA East.

Bob Schneider was re-elected to a second term as vp, and Gail Lee was re-elected to her seventh term as secretary-treasurer. Winship and Lee ran unopposed.

The officers' terms run through September 2011.

"Once again, I am honored to have been chosen by the members of the Writers Guild East to serve as their president," Winship said in a statement. "Many of the issues and problems we have addressed over the past two years continue, but within them are opportunities to continue growing our union and to further the interests of Guild East members and writers everywhere."

There were 427 valid ballots cast. New vp Schneider received 230 votes (53.9%), while opposing candidate Tom Phillips received 118 votes (27.6%) and Ambrose J. Raftery received 39 votes (9.1%).

The election also filled nine council seats. Re-elected as freelance
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Albers, Wesley will face off in WGAE election

The WGA East announced Monday the candidates for its fall election, which will include a presidential race between Richard Wesley and Chris Albers. Tom Fontana is running unopposed for vp, and Gail Lee is running unopposed for secretary-treasurer. In addition, 15 people have been nominated to run for six open freelance seats on the council, the governing body. They include incumbents Stephen Schiff, Donald Westlake, Penelope Koechl, Jerome Coppersmith and Suzanne O'Malley as well as challengers Cynthia Benjamin, Wesley, Susan Rice, Karen Goodman, James Hart, Warren Leight, Richard Vetere, Susan Kim, Maria Maggenti and Adam Brooks.

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