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Shawn Ryan Top Vote-Getter in WGA West Board Election; Incumbents Keep Seats

16 September 2014 6:36 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated With Corrected Membership Figures: TV writer and producer Shawn Ryan was the top vote-getter in the WGA West’s board election, which saw a turnout of 22.4% of the guild’s members casting ballots. Ryan, creator and showrunner of The Shield and The Chicago Code, got more votes than all of the incumbents in the race, with his name appearing on nearly 67% of the 1,835 ballots cast. The guild has more than 21,000 members, according to its latest filing with the Department of Labor. The guild said there were about 8,200 members eligible to vote.

All five incumbents — Chip Johannessen, Scott Alexander, Michael Oates Palmer, Katherine Fugate and Marjorie David — won re-election to two-year terms on the board. Fugate finished second in the voting, with her name appearing on 1,124 ballots (61.3%), followed by Johannessen (1,071, 58.4%); Alexander (965, 52.6%); Aaron Mendelsohn (964, 52.5%); David (952, 51.9%); Palmer (817, 44.5%); Jonathan Fernandez (722, 39.3%); and Peter Lefcourt, who was elected to a one-year term (648, 35.3%), filling the vacancy »

- David Robb, Special To Deadline

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Shawn Ryan, Chip Johannessen Win Seats for WGA West Board

16 September 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showrunners Shawn Ryan and Chip Johannessen have won two-year board seats for the Writers Guild of America West.

Ryan, creator and exec producer of “The Shield” and other shows, becomes a first-time member of the board after serving on the guild’s negotiating committee at recent bargaining with producers. He was the top vote-getter among the 17 candidates for nine open seats and said on his Twitter account that he was “very honored.”

Being serious now, very honored to be joining the @WGAWest Board of Directors… http://t.co/ILpQ0Xf8N7

Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) September 17, 2014

Incumbent Katherine Fugate (“Valentine’s Day,” “Army Wives”) came in second, followed by “Homeland” exec producer Johannessen, an incumbent who co-chaired the contract negotiating committee this year with Billy Ray.

Incumbents Michael Oates Palmer, Marjorie David and Scott Alexander also were re-elected, along with former board members Peter Lefcourt and  Aaron Mendelsohn. Newcomer Jonathan Fernandez also won a seat. »

- Dave McNary

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18 Writers Vying For 8 WGA West Board Seats

23 July 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The WGA West has issued its final list of 18 candidates, including five incumbents, who will be competing for eight seats on the its board of directors in the September election. Incumbents Chip Johannessen, Scott Alexander, Michael Oates Palmer, Katherine Fugate and Marjorie David will square off against challengers Shawn Ryan, Chris Derrick, Cynthia Riddle, Peter Lefcourt, Shernold Edwards, Peter Murrieta, Doug Atchison, Stan Chervin, Jonathan Fernandez, Courtney Ellinger, Mark Amato, Aaron Mendelsohn, and Aaron Fullerton. The guild will host its annual Candidates Night forum, where members can grill the candidates, on September 3 at the guild’s La headquarters. Ballots […] »

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Shawn Ryan, Chip Johannessen Among Candidates for WGA West Board

20 June 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showrunners Shawn Ryan and Chip Johannessen are among the 17 candidates for eight open board seats for the Writers Guild of America West.

Ryan (pictured), creator and exec producer of “The Shield” and other shows, was on the guild’s negotiating committee at recent bargaining with producers. “Homeland” exec producer Johannessen is an incumbent who co-chaired the contract negotiating committee.

Other prominent candidates include “Moneyball” screenwriter Stan Chervin; incumbents Michael Oates Palmer, Marjorie David, Scott Alexander and Katherine Fugate; and former board members Peter Lefcourt and Aaron Mendelsohn. The other candidates include Aaron Fullerton, Cynthia Riddle, Chris Derrick, Doug Atchison, Peter Murrieta, Jonathan Fernandez, Courtney Ellinger and Shernold Edwards.

Ryan and Johannessen were the most notable high-profile members of the negotiating committee in addition to co-chair Billy Ray and Damon Lindelof.

The 17 candidates were selected by the WGA West’s nominating committee. Members may also be nominated by petition with 25 member »

- Dave McNary

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