“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and five other incumbents are seeking re-election to council seats for the Writers Guild of America East.
Ten council seats will expire this year. Voting will take place online beginning on Aug. 24 with about 4,000 members eligible to cast ballots.
Willimon is one of 16 candidates for seven open freelance seats. Other incumbents are John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet and Christopher Kyle; the other candidates are David Angelo, Timothy Michael Cooper, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Jack Helmuth, A.M. Homes, Tom Jennings, Joseph Mazzarino, Melissa Salmons, Marygrace O’Shea, Theresa Rebeck, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stuart Zicherman.
Incumbents Gail Lee and Kathy McGee are among the six candidates for the three open staff seats along with Jay Alpert, Christopher Barry, Matt Nelko and Terence Taylor.
Incumbents Walter Bernstein, Terry George and Jenny Lumet are not seeking re-election to freelance seats.
Bernstein was blacklisted by the Hollywood studios during the 1950s. He received an Oscar nomination and a WGA award for the script for 1976’s “The Front.” The WGA East awarded him the Ian McLellan Hunter Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing in 1994 and the Evelyn F. Burkey Award in 2008.
The WGA East negotiates jointly with the WGA West on the master contract with production companies. That deal expires on May 1 with no negotiations set yet.