2021-2022 WGA East Officers & Council
Michael Winship, President
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Vice President
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is a TV writer currently in an overall deal with Universal Studios. A graduate of the WGAW Showrunner Training Program, Lisa was a consulting producer on “Law & Order: SVU” and has developed dramas for Netflix, ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E and Warner Bros. Lisa works to represent marginalized writers by co-chairing the Committee for Inclusion and Equity, starting up the Salon system of affinity groups, and co-founding Pathways to the WGA for diverse Pre-WGA writers. She started and runs Diverse Writers of the East, databases of underrepresented WGAE and Pre-WGA writers. For her service to the Guild, she was awarded the 2020 Richard B. Jablow Award. Previously she worked as a staff writer and foreign correspondent for TIME magazine and published two books.
Christopher Kyle, Secretary Treasurer
Christopher Kyle is a screenwriter whose credits include Serena, Alexander, K-19:The Widowmaker, and The Weight of Water. He previously served on Council from 2014-2020 and is a member of the WGAE-WGAW Screen Credits Review Committee. For the past 13 years he has been deeply involved with the Writers Guild Initiative, the charitable foundation of the WGAE, working as a mentor in writing workshops with disabled veterans, caregivers, COVID nurses, and others whose voices need to be heard. A longtime member of the WGI board, he now serves as its treasurer. In addition to his work in film, he is also an award-winning playwright whose plays have premiered at Playwrights Horizons, Broken Watch Theatre Company, Charlotte Rep, and many other theatres.
Monica Lee Bellais
Monica Lee Bellais is a screenwriter/producer who bridges policymakers and filmmakers. She worked for James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, Jeffrey Katzenberg at DreamWorks, Warner Bros. Records, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Networks, PBS, and TeleProductions International. She is a talented crisis management communicator. Monica has substantial production experience in Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Monaco, Pakistan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention partnered with her to create “Recommendations for Depicting Suicide” in media. As a former Board Member, she now serves on the Advisory Committee for Women in Film & Video in Washington, D.C. Monica holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. Her memberships include BAFTA, PGA, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, SAG-AFTRA, The National Press Club, and the WGAE.
Kaitlin Fontana is an Emmy-nominated TV and film writer, director, and producer, and a National Magazine award-winning essayist. In a not-so-distant past life, she was a music journalist. She was the host of the WGAE’s podcast OnWriting for seasons 4-6.Kaitlin’s feature film script, GIRLFRIEND ON MARS, is on the 2019 Black List. She is a 2018 NYTVF Development Deal recipient (Audible) as well as a finalist in the 2018 HBOAccess Directing Fellowship. Her directorial debut, FRANCHESCA, was an official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection. She was a Field Producer on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Kaitlin was a 2018 WriteHer List Honoree, an inaugural 2017 WGA/Made in New York Writers Room Fellow, 2017 Showtime Tony Cox Award winner, 2017 Nantucket Comedy Colonist, and 2017 Bitch List Honoree.
Kaitlin sits on the Writers Guild of America, East council and believes in the power of collective action. She lives in Los Angeles, CA and was born in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, a distinction she shares with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson.
Tian Jun Gu
A.M. Homes is currently serving her 2nd term on the WGAE Council. She is a television and feature writer, novelist, journalist and professor. Homes is the author of 12 books, including May We Be Forgiven, winner of the International Orange/ Women’s Prize and the best-selling memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter. She adapted her novel, Jack for Showtime and her story collection, The Safety of Objects was made into a feature film. Homes was Co-Executive Producer of Falling Water on USA and David E. Kelly’s/Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. Previously she was a writer/producer of the television show, The L. Word and has written pilots for CBS, ABC and HBO. Currently, Homes is developing new series for both AMC and FX and is actively involved with the adaptation of her novels, This Book Will Save Your Life/SunnyMarch and Music For Torching/Julie Bowen. Homes often collaborates with artists in other forms; in 2019 she worked with Experiments in Opera and six composers to create a new opera, Chunky In Heat and is currently writing The Monument Project, an opera for The Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary. Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and she writes frequently on the arts for publications such as Art Forum, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker and the New York Times. She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot. Passionate about being involved in one’s community, supporting work across disciplines and bringing attention to underrecognized voices, Homes is active in the literary and TV/film community serving on the Boards of Yaddo, Poets and Writers, The Elizabeth Dance Foundation, The Writers Fund of PEN, the Advisory Council of The New York Foundation for the Arts and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer based in Philadelphia. She is currently the labor columnist for Teen Vogue, and her work on labor, politics, and culture has appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. Kelly is also a freelance video journalist for the Real News Network, More Perfect Union, and Means TV. Previously, she was the heavy metal editor at Noisey, VICE’s music vertical, and served on the original Vice Union editorial organizing and bargaining committees as well as the organizing committee to unionize the company’s TV and production units. Her first book, ‘FIGHT LIKE HELL: The Untold History of American Labor,’ will be released by One Signal/Simon & Schuster on April 26, 2022. Follow her on Twitter: @grimkim
Gail Lee is writer/producer at CBS News who has been involved in Guild activities for many years. Her credits include 7 terms as WGAE Secretary/Treasurer as well as serving on the Finance, Awards, Real Estate and multiple WGA-CBS News Negotiating Committees. Gail was the recipient of the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild. She has also won WGA, RTNDA and Peabody Awards for her work.
Hamilton Nolan is a labor reporter for In These Times magazine. He was a longtime writer for Gawker, Deadspin, Splinter, and elsewhere. He helped his coworkers unionize Gawker Media in 2015.
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series The Wire, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television credits include the NBC drama Homicide and HBO’s The Corner, Generation Kill, Treme and Show Me A Hero.
His most recent project, The Deuce, follows the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. The author of two books of narrative non-fiction, “Homicide” and “The Corner,” Simon is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.