BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Abbott Elementary School Executive producer Justin Halpern is among eight members of the Western American Writers Association recently elected to its board.
Incumbent Travis Donnelly, Ashley Gable, Eric Haywood and Deric A. Hughes won re-election to the board in the 2022 board election, while Bob-Waksberg, Halpern, Angelina Burnett and John Rogers were elected as additional members. , the union announced Tuesday. 17 WGA members were initially nominated to participate in the election, the vote taking place from August 31 to September 20.
In their candidacy platforms, most writers who won seats in Tuesday’s election said that, if elected, they would prioritize getting more money – and especially the streaming surplus. Fuller online – from streaming platforms. Another common theme on their platform is ending the so-called “small room,” or small writers’ room held during the development of a TV series. Small rooms create plots and produce certain scripts before a series is produced and the scriptwriters officially begin, which can result in less compensation for the writers involved. Some of the candidates who won seats on Tuesday also voiced opposition to “freelance work,” such as giving presentations in competitive writer situations.
Bob-Waksberg and Halpern notably say that they want to champion the inclusion of more animation writers in the Writers Guild (currently, the animators merge The Animation Guild with IATSE or The Writers Guild). Several other candidates, including Burnett and Halpern, argued during the election that they believe a strike may be needed amid negotiations for the next minimum basic agreement by the Guild. , whose current iteration will expire in May 2023.
Overall, 2,527 members voted in the election, administered by Votenet Solutions.