WGA East’s Sargent seeks another term

Election seeks to fill presidency, 11 other slots

HOLLYWOOD — Writers Guild of America East prexy Herb Sargent will seek a seventh two-year term as top elected official of the 4,000-member org.

The television comedy writer-producer has headed the Gotham-based WGAE since 1991. He will face opposition from Richard Wesley, a former WGAE VP who ran for the post two years ago.

Election will fill the presidency and 11 other slots. Final date for voting will be Sept. 18, when the org’s annual meeting takes place in Gotham.

Broadway playwright Warren Leight is unopposed for re-election as VP as is news staffer Gail Lee for secretary-treasurer.

There are 17 nominees for six open freelance seats on the council, with the order determined by lot: David Cohen, Penelope Koechl, Jerome Coopersmith, Donald Westlake, Pete Hamill, Shimon Dotan, Andrew Smith, Suzanne O’Malley, Stephen Schiff, Claire Labine, David Black, Julie Poll, Harry Bernard Campbell, Michael Weller, John Auerbach, Bobby Spillane and Marshall Brickman.

There are five nominees for three open staff seats: Catherine Twohill, Hank Weinbloom, Peter Bianco, Matt Nelko, Ron Baskin.

The WGA West is holding elections concurrently, with Eric Hughes challenging incumbent Victoria Riskin. The East and West branches jointly negotiate the film-TV contract, which will expire May 1.

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