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News Release: June 21, 2012

Writers Guild of America, West Announces Candidates for 2012 Board of Directors Election

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West’s Nominating Committee has announced its initial list of candidates for the 2012 Board of Directors election.

There are 17 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors, as follows: Meg LeFauve, Marjorie David, Patrick Sean Smith, David Shore (inc.), Terrence Coli, John Aboud, Eric Small, Jordan Mechner, Zoanne Clack, Barbara Turner, Michael Oates Palmer, Scott Alexander, Alexander Cary, David A. Goodman (inc.), Katherine Fugate (inc.), Kathy Kiernan (inc.), Chip Johannessen.

(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 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 submit online nomination petitions by visiting the members-only section of the WGAW’s website at:

The WGAW will host its annual “Candidates Night” town hall forum, where Guild members may meet BOD candidates and get answers to their questions, on Wednesday, September 5, 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 20.  Ballots will be counted on Friday, September 21.

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: