The WGA - or more precisely, the two Writers Guilds of America, West and East, that bargain jointly - have named the members of the negotiating committee for their upcoming contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the guilds announced Thursday. WGAW executive director David Young will serve as chief negotiator.
The current agreement expires May 1, 2017. No date has been set for the talks, but a late March or early April start seems likely. The DGA's talks begin Monday, Dec. 5, with a February start likely for SAG-AFTRA. The latter two unions' contracts expire June 30.
The members of the WGA committee are: Chip Johannessen, Chris Keyser and Billy Ray, co-chairs; Alfredo Barrios, Jr., Andrea Berloff, Adam Brooks, Zoanne Clack, Marjorie David, Kate Erickson, Jonathan Fernandez, Travon Free, Howard Michael Gould, Susannah Grant, Erich Hoeber, Richard Keith, Warren Leight, Alison McDonald, Luvh Rakhe, Shawn Ryan, Stephen Schiff, David Shore, Meredith Stiehm, former WGAW president Patric M. Verrone, Eric Wallace, Beau Willimon and Nicole Yorkin.
In addition, the following are ex-officio members of the committee: WGAW president Howard A. Rodman, WGAE president Michael Winship, WGAW vp David A. Goodman, WGAE vp Jeremy Pikser, WGAW secretary-treasurer Aaron Mendelsohn and WGAE secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider.