Members of the Eastern American Writers Association have appointed three vice presidents to oversee key areas of the union’s work and elected four new members to their boards, recognizing recent changes to the with the Constitution of the Association.
In the Guild’s 2022 council elections, Sara David was elected vice president of online media constituency and Kathy McGee was elected vice president of broadcast, cable and live news line (both are already board members), WGA East announced Thursday. WGA East President Michael Winship, Vice President Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and Secretary and Treasurer Christopher Kyle will act as representatives for film, television and streaming.
Also elected to the council seats are incumbents Monica Lee Bellais, Kaitlin Fontana, Gina Gionfriddo, Tian Jun Gu, AM Homes and Erica Saleh, who will represent the film, television and streaming sectors. Guild line. New members Susan Rinkunas and Jessica Schulberg will join the board representing the online media sector, while incumbent Gail Lee and new members Justin Raffael DiLauro and Elizabeth Godvik are elected to serve the constituency. broadcast, cable TV and streaming.
The election brings the total number of Council members to 20, including 12 representing film, television and streaming, five representing online media and three representing news. television, cable and streaming, plus five officers. Previously, the Council consisted of 19 members and three officers.
Voting turnout for the election, with votes counted by Votenet Solutions, was 12.8% among movie, TV and streaming members, 10.7% among online media members and 14.8% for broadcast, cable and streaming news. In total, 6,786 members voted.
The 2022 council elections enact changes first approved by members in June this year to appoint separate vice president titles for each of the Guild’s largest work areas and empower for each job area vote for their own Council members. In addition, the members of the Guild voted in favor of balancing the council so that each area of work was represented proportionally.
The constitutional changes arose from an internal debate, which broke out in 2021, about the Guild’s active organization in the field of digital media in recent years, with several council members and candidates are concerned that digital media priorities are taking precedence. The union conducted a survey of members and board members meeting with third-party advocates and labor attorneys, and ultimately the constitutional changes were voted on by 98% of members. passed in June.