Its Time to Get Ready for the 2020 WGAW Board Election

Yesterday we brought you news about the WGA negotiations with AMPTP regarding our expiring contract. Today it’s time to talk about this year’s upcoming WGAW Board of Directors election.

Here ya go.

Dear WGAW Member:

Each year the Guild conducts an election for eight of the 16 seats on the Board of Directors. Although this is not a normal year – the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives – the Guild continues to do the work of representing writers (albeit remotely) and the Board election will go forward as always.

The election cycle starts in the spring, when the Board appoints a nominating committee that will recruit candidates for the September election. The committee recruits at least 12 candidates for the eight Board seats. They will seek potential candidates from the various work areas within the Guild’s jurisdiction: features, episodic and long-form television (including broadcast, made-for-pay and made-for-basic cable), new media, comedy-variety, daytime serials, animation, interactive, reality, news and documentaries.

The Guild encourages members to participate in the nomination process. You are invited to suggest names of prospective Board candidates, including your own. The nominating committee will consider all potential nominees suggested by members. Eligible candidates must be Current members in good standing for the 12 months immediately preceding the September 2020 election (Constitution, Article V.A., §5.a.). Successful candidates will be elected for two-year terms. In order to be considered for candidacy by the nominating committee, members’ names must be received by Jennifer Burt by Friday, May 15, 2020. Names may be emailed to Ms. Burt at The nominating committee will announce its list of candidates by June 19, 2020.

In addition to selection by the nominating committee, eligible members may also run for a Board seat by petition (Constitution, Article V.A., §4.). Petitions for Board candidates must be signed by 15 or more Current members in good standing. The signed petitions must be received by Ms. Burt on or before noon on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Each candidate’s name must appear on each page of a petition containing members’ signatures. Fax and electronic signatures are also acceptable.

If you have questions about the Guild’s election process, please contact Ms. Burt at (323) 782-4569 or by email at In this time of great disruption, the work of the Guild is more important than ever. We welcome your participation in its democratic processes.


Writers Guild of America West
Board of Directors