WGAE lists candidates

Prexy Sargent to seek sixth term

HOLLYWOOD — Writers Guild of America East prexy Herb Sargent will seek a sixth 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 WGAE VP Richard Wesley, who heads the org’s Committee for an Informed Membership, and veteran ABC news scribe Ron Baskin, a member of the WGAE Council.

Ballots for the election, which will fill the presidency and 11 other slots, will go out at the end of the month. Final date for voting will be Sept. 20, when the org’s annual meeting takes place at the Empire Hotel.

Three council members have been cleared to run for VP — veteran TV news writer and former WGAE veep Adrian (Andy) Meppen, film writer and Broadway playwright Warren Leight and CBS promotions department scribe Kate Miller.

Two council members are seeking the secretary-treasurer slot — two-term incumbent Gail Lee, a 15-year veteran of CBS News, and CBS radio news writer Matt Nelko.

A total of 15 candidates have been cleared to run for the six freelance member council seats: Chris Albers; John Auerbach, who serves on several WGAE committees; Adam Brooks; Joe Cook; former WGAE VP James Coopersmith; Penelope Koechl; Claire Labine; Warren Leight; former WGAE veep and council member Albert Ruben; Stephen Schiff; Bob Schneider, a member of several WGAE committees; Budd Schulberg; Richard Vetere; Michael Weller; and council member Donald Westlake.

Baskin, Lee and Nelko also are among six candidates seeking the three staff member council seats. Also running are WCBS Newsradio’s Peter Bianco, ABC News’ Ernest C. Davy and public TV writer Cath Twohill.

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