Shawn Ryan, Chip Johannessen Among Candidates for WGA West Board

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Showrunners Shawn Ryan and Chip Johannessen are among the 17 candidates for eight open board seats for the Writers Guild of America West.

Ryan (pictured), creator and exec producer of “The Shield” and other shows, was on the guild’s negotiating committee at recent bargaining with producers. “Homeland” exec producer Johannessen is an incumbent who co-chaired the contract negotiating committee.

Other prominent candidates include “Moneyball” screenwriter Stan Chervin; incumbents Michael Oates Palmer, Marjorie David, Scott Alexander and Katherine Fugate; and former board members Peter Lefcourt and Aaron Mendelsohn. The other candidates include Aaron Fullerton, Cynthia Riddle, Chris Derrick, Doug Atchison, Peter Murrieta, Jonathan Fernandez, Courtney Ellinger and Shernold Edwards.

Ryan and Johannessen were the most notable high-profile members of the negotiating committee in addition to co-chair Billy Ray and Damon Lindelof.

The 17 candidates were selected by the WGA West’s nominating committee. Members may also be nominated by petition with 25 member signatures and a July 23 deadline for submission.

The WGA West will host its annual “Candidates Night” forum on Sept. 3 at headquarters in Los Angeles. The votes will be tallied on Sept. 16.

The WGA West has about 8,000 members. Participation rates in recent elections have usually been in the 20% range.


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