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News Release: June 21, 2010
 
Writers Guild of America, West Announces Candidates for 2010 Board of Directors Election

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West’s Nominating Committee has announced its initial list of candidates for the 2010 Board of Directors election.

There are 18 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors, as follows: Robin Schiff, David Shore, David A. Goodman (inc.), Cheryl Heuton, Aaron Mendelsohn (inc.), Katherine Fugate (inc.), Timothy J. Lea, Mick Betancourt, Mark Gunn (inc.), Erich Hoeber, Erica Montolfo, Matt Pyken, Naomi Foner, Karen Harris (inc.), Kathy Kiernan (inc.), Christopher Keyser, Steve Skrovan, Matthew Weiner.

Note to editors: WGAW internal rules require candidates to be announced in an order determined by lot; (inc.) denotes an incumbent candidate.

In addition to the candidates selected by the Nominating Committee, eligible members may also be nominated by petition. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 25 member signatures. The deadline for submitting signed petitions to the WGAW is 12:00 p.m. on July 23. Members may download nomination petitions by visiting the Election Section of the WGAW’s website.

The WGAW will host its annual Candidates Night town hall forum, at which Guild members may to meet the candidates and get answers to their questions, on Tuesday, September 7, at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles. Guild members will receive candidate, non-candidate and rebuttal statements, if any, with their ballots prior to the election. Candidates may also mail additional campaign materials at their own expense. Members may vote by mail or in person at the WGAW’s annual membership meeting on Thursday, September 16. Ballots will be counted on Friday, September 17.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.