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Thursday September 17, 2015

Writers Guild of America, East Announces Council Election Results

NEW YORK, NY (SEPTEMBER 17, 2015) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today announced the results of its 2015 Council election.

This year, there were nine open council seats, six (6) Freelance and three (3) Staff, as well as the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.

Freelance members work in screen, television and digital media, and Staff members work in television, radio and digital news shops under the Guild’s jurisdiction.

The results were:

  • Guild President Michael Winship, Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider were reelected.
  • Elected as Freelance members on the Council: Henry Bean (i), Andrea Ciannavei, Bonnie Datt (i), Susan Kim (i), Bill Scheft, Courtney Simon (i)
  • Elected as Staff members on the Council: David Keller, Sue Brown McCann (i), Phil Pilato (i)

All terms begin immediately and run through September 2017.

“(i)” denotes incumbent


The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. 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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