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WGA East Council Elections: Beau Willimon, Five Other Incumbents Seek Re-Election

30 June 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and five other incumbents are seeking re-election to council seats for the Writers Guild of America East.

Ten council seats will expire this year. Voting will take place online beginning on Aug. 24 with about 4,000 members eligible to cast ballots.

Willimon is one of 16 candidates for seven open freelance seats. Other incumbents are John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet and Christopher Kyle; the other candidates are David Angelo, Timothy Michael Cooper, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Jack Helmuth, A.M. Homes, Tom Jennings, Joseph Mazzarino, Melissa Salmons, Marygrace O’Shea, Theresa Rebeck, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stuart Zicherman.

Incumbents Gail Lee and Kathy McGee are among the six candidates for the three open staff seats along with Jay Alpert, Christopher Barry, Matt Nelko and Terence Taylor.

Incumbents Walter Bernstein, Terry George and Jenny Lumet are not seeking re-election to freelance seats.

Bernstein was blacklisted by the Hollywood studios during the 1950s. »

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WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement

11 February 2016 4:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)

David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.

Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)

Elaine May

May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »

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Soap Opera Writer Melissa Salmons Honored by Writers Guild

8 January 2016 11:47 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Writers Guild of America East has selected soap opera specialist Melissa Salmons as the recipient of its Richard B. Jablow Award for service to the guild.

The award will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13. The award honors Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the Wgae, authored its constitution and served as its first counsel.

Salmons has won Daytime Emmy Awards for “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” She also has won Writers Guild Awards for those two series along with “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” and received another 11 WGA nominations.

She has served two terms on the WGA East’s council and has served on multiple committees, including the Mba negotiating committee, the elections committee and was co-chair of the future members committee. She is currently a trustee of »

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