The Writers Guild of America West has hired veteran labor organizer David J. Young as its director of organizing with a mandate to expand the guild's coverage in reality TV and animation more, reports VARIETY. Young will replace Gerry Daley, who has served in the position since the summer of 2002.
WGA, in its spring contract negotiations with studios and networks, has pushed for more power over reality and animation. The discussions with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers hit a roadblock nearly two months ago, and no new talks are planned. The old contract expired May 2, 2004.
"The guild is committed to ensuring that writers working on reality, animation and nonfiction projects receive basic protections such as adequate minimum compensation, pension and health benefits, residuals, fair credit determination and other economic rights," said John McLean, WGA West exec director.
Young previously served as assistant director of organization at the Laborers' California Organizing Fund.