At its recent annual general meeting the Writers Guild Foundation elected Barbara Corday as its new President. Corday, who with her writing partner Barbara Avedon co-created the groundbreaking television series Cagney & Lacey, was the first woman to become president of a major television production entity (Columbia Pictures Television); she later become head of prime-time programs at CBS, again the first woman to do so. Most recently she was chair of the Film and Television production arm at the USC School of Cinema and Television. Corday replaces Chris Brancato, who has served the maximum number of terms.
The board also elected seven new trustees to the board. The new trustees are: publicist Craig Bankey, screenwriter Lowell Ganz, agent Nancy Josephson, and television writer-producers Marta Kauffman, Bill Lawrence, Jan Oxenberg and David Shore. Trustees are elected for three year terms. Most Foundation trustees are members of the Writers Guild of America, west.
New officers elected were Holly Goldberg Sloan as VP of Development, Elias Davis as Treasurer and Ligiah Villalobos as Secretary. Tom Schulman continues as Executive Vice-President and Dan Petrie Jr continues as VP Programs.
In addition to the officers, the continuing trustees are: Neal Baer, Barbara Benedek, Chris Brancato, Diane English, Jonathan Estrin, Kevin Falls, Seth Freeman, Dean Hargrove, Charlie Hauck, Robert Nelson Jacobs, Georgia Jeffries, Jay Kogen, Jim Kouf, Peter Lefcourt, Andrew Marlowe, Shonda Rhimes, Howard A. Rodman, Robin Swicord, Matthew Weiner, Larry Wilmore and John Sacret Young.
The Writers Guild Foundation, established in 1966, is a 501 ( c ) 3 charitable corporation separate from the WGAw and is funded by voluntary contributions from writers and other industry friends. Its mission is to serve the community of writers and for writers to serve the community. Through its events, outreach programs, library and archive it strives to educate and inspire writers as well as to promote and preserve excellence in writing. Programs include the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson- Webb Library located at WGA headquarters, educational seminars and conferences, a writing program for military veterans, a screenwriting workshop program conducted in disadvantaged high schools, a video history program (The Writer Speaks) and academic outreach programs.