There’s another election next month for a Hollywood guild that’s getting far less attention that SAG. It’s on September 22nd for the 2008 board of directors of the Writer’s Guild of America West, and on September 18th for the 2008 Council of the Writer’s Guild of America East.
The WGAW has announced the final list of 19 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats: Aaron Mendelsohn (incumbent), Mark Gunn (inc), Howard Michael Gould, Tim Day, Timothy J. Lea, Bernard Lechowick, David A. Goodman (inc), John F. Bowman (inc), Kathy Kiernan (inc), Aaron Solomon, Mick Betancourt, Karen Harris, Kat Smith, Howard Kuperberg, Kevin Droney, Ashley Gable, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, Katherine Fugate, Luvh Rakhe. No previously-announced candidates withdrew their candidacies, and no additional candidates were added to the initial roster. (WGA internal rules require candidates to be announced in an order determined by lot.)
The WGAW will host its annual Candidates Night town hall forum, at which Guild members may to meet the candidates and get answers to their questions on Wednesday, September 3, at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles. Guild members will receive candidate and non-candidate statements and rebuttal statements, if any, with their ballots prior to the election. Candidates may also mail additional campaign materials at their own expense. Members may vote by mail or in person at the WGAW’s annual membership meeting on September 22. Ballots will be counted on September 23.
Meanwhile, the WGAE has announced the 14 nominees for its 10 open Council seats that serve two-year terms. The candidates for the 6 open Freelance seats are: Jerry Coopersmith, Madeline Amgott, Mark St. Germain, Julian Sheppard, Jeremy Pikser, Bobby Spillane, David Steven Cohen,
Rob Kutner (withdrawn), Kirk Simon, Walter Bernstein, Tom Kelly, John Auerbach, Henry Bean, and Gina Gionfriddo. And the 12 candidates for the four open Staff seats are: Leon Colvin, Art Daley, Matt Nelko, Tanya Mills, Cath Twohill, Dave Mock, Andy Meppen, Tom Phillips, Jason Levine, Liz Turrell, Jay Pedinoff, and Marianne Pryor. (The order of listing candidates is also determined by lot.) WGAE members may vote by mail or in person at the Annual Membership meeting on September 18.