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Monday June 21, 2021

Candidates for the 2021 WGAE Council Election

NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2021) – The Council is the governing body of the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE), consisting of 19 members, plus the three officers (President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer). Freelance members work in screen, television and new media, and Staff members work in news shops—television, radio or digital—under the Guild’s jurisdiction.

Nine (9) Council seats will expire this year, six (6) Freelance and three (3) Staff, as well as the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. Voting will take place online beginning on August 26, 2021 (paper ballots will be available upon request).

Voting instructions will arrive in August in a Guild envelope marked “Election Material” as well as via email.

The Officer candidates are as follows:

  • Michael Winship, President
  • Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Vice President
  • Christopher Kyle, Secretary-Treasurer

The thirteen (13) candidates for the six (6) open Freelance seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Josh Gondelman (i)
  • James V. Hart
  • Tian Jun Gu
  • Lauren Ashley Smith
  • Bonnie Datt (i)
  • Gene Koprowski
  • Marc Maurino
  • Benjamin Rosenblum
  • Sasha Stewart
  • David Simon (i)
  • Tracey Scott Wilson
  • Liz Hynes
  • Greg Iwinski

The seven (7) candidates for the three (3) open Staff seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • James Harris
  • Selena Simmons
  • Hamilton Nolan (i)
  • Kathy McGee
  • Kim Kelly (i)
  • Sara David
  • Phil Pilato (i)

*The order of listing candidates is determined by a drawing of candidates’ names by lot, conducted by two Guild members with a WGAE staff member acting as witness.

*(i) denotes incumbent

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in film, television, news and new media. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit



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