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Gardner back as WGAE prez

TV and film scripter Herb Gardner was reelected prexy of the Writers Guild of America East, the WGAE said Friday.

Gardner ran unopposed in the election, which was tabulated after the WGAE national meeting in Gotham at the Essex House Hotel Thursday night.

Gardner, the New York-based writer of stage and film versions of “A Thousand Clowns,” will be serving his second two-year term. He could not be reached for comment on the vote.

Four-year WGAE veep Claire Labine was reelected to her third term and secretary-treasurer Jane Bollinger will start her fifth two-year hitch.

Bollinger ran unopposed, but Labine had to beat out Bruce Campbell and Art Wallace in the veep contest. WGAE spokesman Marty Waldman said the guild would not release voting totals.

In tallying the WGAE council race, 13 freelance and staff writers were voted onto the 19-member body. Edward Adler, Ed Apfel, Walter Bernstein, Jerome Coopersmith, Corinne Jacker, Budd Schulberg and veep hopeful Wallace all won reelection to the council as freelance writers. Becky Cole and Donald E. Westlake will join the council for the first time.

Barbara Bernhard, Bruce Campbell, Gail Lee and Kim Roberts join as staff writer members.

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