Guild to further address legislative issues

The Writers Guild of America West has shifted press rep Jody Frisch to the newly created position of director of public policy and government affairs.

Guild said the appointment reflects an expansion of its efforts to address legislative issues of interest to writers on the federal, state and local level.

Frisch will split time between Washington, D.C., and the guild’s Hollywood headquarters with an agenda centering on the economic and creative rights of writers, including piracy and copyright protection; orphaned works; media consolidation and independent content; product integration; runaway production; and regulatory issues before the Federal Communications Commission.

“Jody’s appointment represents a higher-profile presence in Washington for the guild at a time when the attention of lawmakers is increasingly focused on Hollywood,” said WGA West exec director David Young. “Having worked closely with her this past year, she clearly possesses that rare mix of legislative and entertainment experience vital to representing the interests of writers in Washington.”

WGA West president Patric M. Verrone said, “Jody is the best thing we writers have sent to Washington since Mr. Smith.”

Prior to joining the guild last summer, Frisch was VP of public affairs at the National Foreign Trade Council. In that post, she established and directed the ATRIP-USA*Engage Alliance, a coalition of U.S. companies to represent member interests on international trade and travel, unilateral sanctions and intellectual property issues.

She also served as a consultant for attorney Gregory B. Craig, as well as VP at Craig Anderson Prods., where she advised on strategic planning and development and directed corporate communications and marketing/publicity campaigns. Frisch also headed Jody Frisch Public Relations and worked at Madison & Sullivan Government Relations and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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