WGAW executive director David Young will serve as chief negotiator, and former WGAW president Chris Keyser and current board members Chip Johannessen and Billy Ray will serve as co-chairs.
The announcement comes as the DGA is preparing to sit to begin its negotiations for a new film and TV contract on Monday. No dates has been set for talks, but the WGA’s current contract expires on May 1, and its negotiations are expected to begin sometime early next year after the DGA wraps up its talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The past two WGA contract negotiations — in 2010 and 2013 — ended without a strike. The guild last struck the industry for three months in 2007-08.
Ex-officio members of the WGA’s negotiating team include WGA West President Howard Rodman, VP David A. Goodman and Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Mendelsohn, and WGA East President Michael Winship, VP Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider.
Here are the other members of the guilds’ negotiating committee:
Alfredo Barrios, Jr.
Howard Michael Gould
Patric M. Verrone