13 November 2013 1:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America has selected Billy Ray (“The Hunger Games”) and Chip Johannessen as co-chairs of its negotiating committee with WGA West executive director David Young as chief negotiator.

The current agreement expires May 1, and no date has been set for a successor deal on its master contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The WGA’s two branches, based in Los Angeles and New York, negotiate jointly on the deal. The guild had no further comment, and the AMPTP had no comment.

The committee includes several highly recognizable names includes “Batman” writer David S. Goyer, “Lost” exec producer Damon Lindelof and John Bowman, who chaired the negotiating committee during the bitter 2007-08 strike. Young was widely credited with effectively mobilizing the membership and gathering support from high-profile actors during the 100-day work stoppage.

Other members of the negotiating committee are John Aboud, John August, »

- Dave McNary

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