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Kemp to head WGA board

Burns, Kanin, Kirgo also added to board

Barry Kemp, the creator of “Newhart” and “Coach,” has been tapped prexy of the board of trustees at the Writers Guild Foundation.

Kemp takes over for Tom Schulman, who has served the maximum four-year term. Former WGA West prexy Daniel Petrie Jr. takes over Kemp’s role as VP of development.

Kemp has been a trustee and officer of the foundation since 1997 and was honored in 1999 with the WGA’s Valentine Davies Award. He has moved into features in recent years with credits on “Patch Adams” and “Catch Me If You Can.”

The foundation also announced that former trustees Allan Burns, Fay Kanin and George Kirgo have been named to the board. Kanin and Kirgo are former WGAW prexys; Kanin was among the original trustees in 1966.

Christopher Knopf, another original trustee, has also rejoined the board.

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