Beau Willimon will run unopposed for reelection as president of the WGA East. It’s the second time the creator of the Americanized version of the British series House of Cards has run unopposed for president – the first time was when he was first elected in 2017. Only this time, he’ll be running unopposed in the middle of the WGA East and West’s contentious battle with Hollywood’s talent agencies. Voting online and by mail will begin on August 28.
Bob Schneider, the WGA East’s incumbent secretary-treasurer, will also be running unopposed, although Kathy McGee and Phil Pilato will be vying to become the guild’s next vice president. Jeremy Pikser, the guild’s current vp, is not seeking reelection.
Sixteen candidates are vying for six open freelance seats on the guild’s Council. Incumbents seeking reelection include Bonnie Datt, Tracey Scott Wilson, Courtney Simon, Amy Sohn, and David Simon, who is a named plaintiff in the WGA’s lawsuit against the Big 4 talent agencies. Challengers vying for seats on the Council include Melissa London Hilfers, Andy Rheingold , Anya Epstein, Gina Gionfriddo, Hilary Bettis, Josh Gondelman, Larry Cohen, Dru Johnston, David Angelo, Bash Doran and Stuart Zicherman.
The four candidates vying for three open staff seats on the council include Shereen Mohammad and incumbents Kim Kelly, Hamilton Nolan and Philip Plato, who is also a vp candidate.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.