Writers Guild of America West Announces Candidates for 2018 Board of Directors Election

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The WGAW's Nominating Committee has announced the initial list of candidates for the 2018 WGAW Board of Directors election.

Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America West’s Nominating Committee has announced the initial list of candidates for the 2018 WGAW Board of Directors election.

There are 15 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the Board of Directors as follows: Deric A. Hughes, David Slack, Akilah Green, Patti Carr (inc.), Ashley Gable, Spiro Skentzos, Jonathan Fernandez (inc.), VJ Boyd, Travis Donnelly, Dante W. Harper, Eric Heisserer, Deborah Amelon, Betsy Thomas, Patric M. Verrone (inc.), Courtney Ellinger (inc.).

Editors’ note: 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 Guild’s Nominating Committee, eligible members may also be nominated by petition. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 15 member signatures in support of their petitions. The deadline for submitting signed petitions to the WGAW is Monday, July 23, 12:00 p.m. (PT). Members may submit online nomination petitions by visiting the members-only section of the Guild’s website: www.wga.org.

The WGAW will host its annual Candidates Night forum, where Guild members can meet and pose questions to the candidates, on Wednesday, August 29, 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 distribute additional campaign materials at their own expense. The voting period concludes on Tuesday, September 18, at 12:00 p.m. (PT). Members may vote online or by mail.

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.