Writers Guild of America, West elects new board members

Chip Johannessen, writer and co-executive producer of the TV series “Homeland” and “24", is among eight new members elected to the Writers Guild of America, West board of directors.

Johannessen had the highest number of votes, 11%, among 15 candidates vying for eight board seats, the guild said in a statement Friday.

Other new board members elected are Michael Oates Palmer, writer and co-producer for the TV series “Shark”; John Aboud, writer for “Leverage”; film writer Scott Alexander, whose credits include “1408" and “The People vs. Larry Flint”; and Marjorie David, who has worked on such TV shows as “90210" and “Brothers and Sisters.”

Katherine Fugate, David Goodman and Kathy Kiernan were reelected to the board; they will serve two-year terms.


A total of 1,320 ballots were cast, the guild said.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) also announced the 2012 election results for 10 open seats on it its council. Elected as freelance members on the Council were: Richard Vetere, Lara Shapiro, Jenny Lumet, and incumbents John Auerbach, Walter Bernstein, Terry George, and Gina Ginfofriddo. Staff members elected were: Patrick Mason and incumbents Art Daley and Ted Schreiber.

There were no elections for WGAE Officers this year.


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