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WGA West Re-Ups Executive Director David Young

David Young Headshot - P 2013
Lori Dorn

The five-year extension means that Young will preside over the next two cycles of bargaining with the studios.

The WGA West has extended executive director David Young’s contract for an additional five years. The move means that he’ll preside over negotiations with the studios in both 2014 and 2017.

Young has been executive director since 2006. He ran the 2007-08 writers' strike.

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“David is a proven leader and an invaluable strategic thinker,” said WGAW president Chris Keyser. “He has helped guide us through challenging times of both technological change and economic turbulence in our industry."

The vote by the WGA board to extend Young’s contract was unanimous.

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