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WGA Elects Petrie

Sep 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The membership of the Writers Guild of America West elected Daniel Petrie Jr. to the office of president, the guild announced Tuesday. Mr. Petrie received 71 percent of the votes to easily defeat challenger Eric Hughes.

Mr. Petrie has held the office since March, when former President Charles Holland stepped down amid accusations of fabricating his resume. Mr. Holland had replaced Victoria Riskin, who resigned in January after an independent investigation found her ineligible to hold the post.

With one year remaining on Ms. Riskin’s term and studio and network contract negotiations in a historic stalemate, Mr. Petrie ran on a platform of continuing his current strategy.

The guild said 2,111 members cast ballots Monday, an unusually high turnout for a WGA election. In 2003, for instance, 1,373 ballots were cast.

Election results for vice president and the board of directors were expected to be announced today.