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‘Hunger Games’ Scribe Billy Ray, David Goyer, Patric Verrone Win WGA West Seats

Christopher Keyser re-elected president without opposition

“The Hunger Games” writer Billy Ray and “Man of Steel” scribe David Goyer have been re-elected to two-year terms on the Writers Guild of America board, winning the most votes of 16 board candidates.

Former president Patric M. Verrone (pictured at right with Goyer at left) , who led the 2007-08 strike, was also elected to the board along with Alfredo Barrios, Jr., Carleton Eastlake, Ari B. Rubin, Thania St. John and Karen Harris, who won by 11 votes over Jonathan Fernandez. St. John, Eastlake and Barrios are also incumbents.

Incumbent VP Howard Rodman ran unopposed and incumbent secretary-treasurer Carl Gottlieb topped  Dan Wilcox.

The results also officially gave Christopher Keyser a second term as WGA West president — a foregone conclusion since no opposition emerged. It’s the first time in recent memory that a WGA West president has gone unopposed in an election, even though WGA West rules require that its nominating committee select opponents for all offices.

The WGA disclosed in June that the unidentified opponent selected for Keyser had declined to run. Timothy J. Lea had been announced as Rodman’s opponent in June, but subsequently withdrew.

Keyser, best known as the “Party of Five” showrunner, won the 2011 contest against Verrone by offering a low-key contrast with Verrone’s confrontational style, highlighted by the high drama of the strike.

Turnout was typically light with less than 20% of the 8,000 members voting. A total of 1,463 ballots were cast.

In the WGA East, which doesn’t require challengers for offices, president Michael Winship is running unopposed. The WGA East will announce its results Friday.

The WGA West reported in July that Hollywood writer earnings rose 4% last year to $1.02 billion as a 10.1% surge in TV writing overcame a 6.1% decline in feature film work as total covered earnings for WGA West members topped $1 billion for the first time.

The current master contract for the WGA with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires next May 1. The WGA has not yet named its negotiating team.

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