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What Is the Guild?

What is the Writers Guild of America, East?

The Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) is a labor union of thousands of professionals who are the primary creators of what is seen or heard on television and film in the U.S., as well as the writers of a growing portion of original digital media content.

Our members write everything from big budget movies to independent films, late night comedy/variety shows to daytime serials, broadcast and radio news, web series, documentaries, and animation. The WGAE works on their behalf to promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of this diverse community.

On joining the Guild, writers from an extraordinarily vast range of backgrounds and abilities unite to promote, protect, and maintain important artistic and professional principles. The Guild’s assistance is provided regardless of the writers’ degree of success.

Who Runs the Guild?

A union is the sum of its members; the leadership and participation of our members are the lifeblood of the Guild. The officers and council of the WGAE are elected from the membership, by the membership. The WGAE is a democracy and the votes of our members are central to the union’s direction. Each member operates under the one person, one vote system that has been a core operating tenet of the Guild since its formation.

The current President of the Guild is writer Michael Winship and you can read about the members of the Guild’s Council here. Lowell Peterson is the Guild’s Executive Director. A full directory of staff can be found here.

Members also serve on the committees and caucuses that help shape the Guild’s actions. The combination of diverse talents in the WGAE has helped maintain, uphold, and improve the professional and artistic pursuits of our members for more than half a century.