Participant profile: Michael Winship

We return to our series of participant profiles, and swoop into New York city to meet the President of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE): Michael Winship.

American delegate: Michael Winship

Michael Winship

Michael’s television career began in Washington, DC, at the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT). Since then he has worked as a television writer and producer for a variety of programmes: music and arts specials (Benny Goodman: Let’s Dance, Jukebox Saturday Night I & II and Mancini and Friends, among others), kids’ TV (including 3-2-1 Contact and Square One TV for the Children’s Television Workshop), made-for-TV movies (My Sergei, CBS), and documentaries and public affairs (NOW with Bill Moyers, NOVA, American Experience, Nature, and Smithsonian World, among others).

Currently, Michael works as senior writer of the weekly public affairs program Bill Moyers Journal, for which he just received the Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in writing. In addition, for the Journal and GateHouse News Service, Michael writes a syndicated weekly column which also appears on websites and blogs nationwide.

He is author of the book, Television (1988), a history of the medium published by Random House. It is a companion book to the PBS series of the same name, which Michael also wrote and co-produced.

Recently, he co-produced two theatrical productions in Los Angeles, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, by Robin Soans and Charlotte: Life? Or Theatre? a musical work by Elise Thoron and Gary S. Fagin.

Michael’s been a member of the WGAE since 1981, and has served several long stints as Council member since 1990. He was Chair of the Awards Committee from 1989-2004, and Editor and Co-Editor of the Awards Journal from 1992-2003. His dedication was rewarded in 1998 when he received the Richard B. Jablow Memorial Award for Devoted Service to the Guild. He is a six-time Writers Guild Award nominee, and received the award in 2004 and 2009 for the commentaries “Wall Street Scoundrels” and “Yankee Stadium and the New Gilded Age.”

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social media networking

The first World Conference of Screenwriters will not only provide delegates with the opportunity to physically meet and discuss issues that affect them directly, it also offers them the chance to network and create a global community of screenwriters.

To facilitate this the Conference has an event page on two of the most popular social media networks:  Facebook and LinkedIn. Badges for these sites are permanently listed on the right-hand column of this site.

If you use either (or both) of these networking sites consider joining the Event pages. There will be many delegates at the conference, and this could help you to get a sense of your colleagues in advance of the conference, and afterwards could serve as a useful connection point.Twitter

Don’t forget to follow the Conference Twitter, which will keep you abreast of any updates to the blog. Hopefully during the conference itself delegates who twitter can use it to build a picture of the event for their colleagues around the world who cannot attend. I recommend a hashtag of #wcos, which is short and easy to remember.