Active WGA Committees

Listed below, by category, are the Guild's active standing committees and their mandates as of March 1, 1998.

Unless otherwise noted in parentheses, committees are limited to current members of the WGA. The Board may, at its discretion, allow Associate (AS), Post-Current (PC), and/or Emeritus (EM) members to serve on certain committees. Those committees are followed by the designation 'AS,' 'PC,' and/or 'EM' in parentheses accordingly.

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OPEN COMMITTEES

Animation Writers Caucus (AS, PC, EM)

To improve working conditions for animation writers and to bring animation writing into Guild coverage.

Committee of Black Writers (AS, PC, EM)

The Committee of Black Writers serves the WGA by furthering the professional, creative and economic rights of African American writers. Its mandate is to represent the interests of African American Guild members in matters relating to Black writers, and to initiate activities which create opportunities for writers disenfranchised by racial discrimination.

Career Longevity Committee (AS, PC, EM)

Assists writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace.

Creative Media and Technologies (AS, PC, EM)

The goal of Creative Media and Technologies (CMAT) is to represent the WGA into the emerging field of interactive writing, whether for CD-ROM or the Internet/on-line services. Its outreach consists of a trade show presence, panels, ads -- whatever works to get the message of the value of WGA writers to interactive publishers and developers. CMAT also makes non-Guild interactive writers aware of the benefits of WGA membership.

Task Force on Disability (AS, PC, EM)

To raise, within the industry, awareness of and sensitivity to the issue of writers with disabilities.

Freelance Writers Committee (AS, PC, EM)

To represent the interests and concerns of the Freelance Writer in television and motion pictures; to study and develop methods of providing assistance to the Freelance Writer in creating access to agents, producers and others in the industry; to promote attention to the accomplishments of Freelance Writers and thereby create a greater demand for their talents and contributions; to act as an advocate in all areas of concern to this constituency, particularly with reference to employment; and to represent to the community in which we live, the skilled professional writer as a contributor to the well-being of our youth and growth of literacy among all citizens.

Latino Writers Committee (AS, PC, EM)

This committee seeks to enhance the visibility of Latino writers in the industry, elevate their status and increase their participation. It also attempts to fight the stereotypes about Latinos that are pervasive in front of and behind the cameras. Since Latinos come from many different national backgrounds, a bonus of the committee has been in creating new understanding among the various cultures represented.

New Members Committee (PC, EM)

The New Members Committee welcomes new members to the union, informing them of Guild services, and encouraging their active participation in Guild affairs through regularly scheduled monthly meetings and quarterly orientations.

Committee of Women Writers (AS, PC, EM)

The Committee of Women Writers works to enhance the opportunities, advance the careers and highlight the accomplishments of women in the Guild. It works to end discrimination against women writers in the industry and to improve the image of women in film, television and radio. It sponsors events designed to increase knowledge of the craft and the marketplace.

Writers Craft Conference Committee (AS, PC, EM)

The Committee assembles speakers and selects a venue for the Writers Guild's annual retreat which enables writers to meet and focus on the craft of writing.

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BOARD APPOINTED COMMITTEES

Academic Liaison Committee (AS, PC, EM)

Explores ways of enhancing the prestige of the writer in the academic community; establishes communications with the academic community with a view to making known the interest and availability of writers for lectureships and faculty appointments; keeps the Guild membership informed concerning requests for lectureships and faculty appointments.

Awards Study (Screen) Committee

The Screen Awards Study Committee meets once a year to approve the list of films eligible for the annual WGA Screen Awards.

Awards Study (Television) Committee

The Television Awards Study Committee meets once a year to approve the list of shows eligible for the annual WGA Television Awards.

Blacklist Credits Committee (PC, EM)

This committee investigates and makes recommendations concerning credits for blacklisted writers who worked under the Guild's jurisdiction or an affiliate Guild's jurisdiction.

Blacklisted Writers Screening Committee (PC, EM)

This committee considers individual cases of writers whose employment was affected by the Blacklist and recommends equitable adjustments, if warranted, under the WGAw supplemental Pension Plan program.

Committee Advisory Panel

Appointed by the Board of Directors, CAP works with the Executive Director to facilitate maximum effectiveness of the Guild's committee system.

Comm. on the Professional Status of Writers
(Television)

This committee was formed to promote greater appreciation for the writer's role in the creation of television, and to enhance the creative image of the writer in general.

Comm. on the Professional Status of Writers
(Theatrical)

This committee was formed to promote greater appreciation for the writer's role in the creation of films, and to enhance the creative image of the writer in general.

Contract Adjustment Committee

The CAC was formed in 1992 as an alternative to traditional bargaining techniques with respect to the MBA. Since 1992, the CAC has sought to discuss problems with management as they have arisen, rather than waiting until a new negotiation period has begun.

Editorial Advisory Board (PC)

The Editorial Advisory Board advises the editor of Written By. In this capacity, the Editorial Board both proposes subjects for future articles and critiques those articles which have run in Written By. Members also provide at least one article each per year. Perhaps more important, it is the committee's purpose to reflect the membership and to make sure that the magazine reflects the concerns of screen and television writers.

Film Society

The Film Society administers the policy of, and selection of films screened by the Writers Guild Film Society.

Media Relations Committee

This committee strives to develop an ongoing relationship with the media, both print and electronic, and to improve media coverage of the Writers Guild of America, west. It works to enhance the stature and contribution of both the Writer and the institution of the Writers Guild.

Morgan Cox Award Committee (PC, EM)

The Morgan Cox Award is presented to that member or group of members (for example, a special committee) whose outstanding efforts and personal sacrifice best meet the ideal of service to the Guild exemplified by Morgan Cox.

This Committee, comprised of previous recipients, assembles annually to recommend a new recipient to the Board.

Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award Committee (PC, EM)

The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement is given to that member of the Guild who, in the opinion of the current Board of Directors, has advanced the literature of television through the years, and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer.

This Committee, comprised of previous recipients, assembles annually to recommend a new recipient to the Board.

Paul Selvin Award Committee (PC, EM)

The Paul Selvin Award is given to that Guild member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties which are indispensable to the freedom of writers everywhere and to whose defense Paul Selvin committed his professional life.

This Committee, comprised of previous recipients, assembles annually to recommend a new recipient to the Board.

Property Planning Committee

The Property Planning Committee is responsible for overseeing the development of the new Guild property. The committee will disband upon completion of its work.

Screen Credits Committee

Members of the Committee serve as consultants for credit arbitrations and as panel members on policy review boards and pre-arbitration hearings.

Screen Laurel Award Committee (PC, EM)

The Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement is given to that member of the Guild who, in the opinion of the current Board of Directors, has advanced the literature of the motion picture and who made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter.

This Committee, comprised of previous recipients, assembles annually to recommend a new recipient to the Board.

Television Credits Committee

Members of the Committee serve as consultants for credit arbitrations and as panel members on policy review boards and pre-arbitration hearings.

Valentine Davies Award Committee (PC, EM)

The Valentine Davies Award is given to the WGAw member whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.

This Committee, comprised of previous recipients, assembles annually to recommend a new recipient to the Board.

Waiver Committee

This committee reviews waiver requests from persons seeking modifications to the Guild's Collective Bargaining Agreements, and recommends action to the Board.

Web Editorial Board (PC)

The Web Editorial Board is responsible for establishing and maintaining a WGAW site on the World Wide Web of the Internet.

Working Rule #8 Committee

This committee meets only if the WGA is unable to resolve violations of Working Rule #8, which states that no writer may accept employment from any company that is not signatory to the Guild's MBA. When violations are discovered, every attempt is made by staff to rectify the violation by working directly with the writer and company involved. In the rare instance where this proves unsuccessful, the Committee is called upon to take disciplinary action against the writer. The President of the Guild chairs this committee.

Writers Image Campaign Committee (WICC)

WICC fulfills the need articulated in the 1995-97 Strategic Plan for a two-year Public Awareness Campaign designed to give the screenwriter the recognition to which s(he) is entitled as the primary creator of film and television.

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CONSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEES

Board Nominating Committee

This committee interviews and nominates candidates running for election as members of the Board of Directors.

Membership and Finance Committee

Constitutionally mandated committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding financial and membership matters.

Committee on Negotiations

The Constitution charges the Negotiating Committee with the task of drafting a set of demands to be submitted to the Board of Directors. Following approval of the demands by the Board of Directors, the Council of WGAE and the membership of both Guilds, the Committee negotiates with individuals, firms or corporations with whom agreement is being sought.

Officers Nominating Committee

The Officers Nominating Committee interviews and nominates candidates running for election as officers of the Board of Directors. A new committee is convened every two years to prepare a list of candidates.

Tellers Committee

The Tellers Committee is charged with counting ballots for all official WGAw elections.

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