1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Michael Winship is President of the Writers Guild of America, East. He’s a writer and producer who has worked for America’s major PBS stations, CBS, the Discovery and Learning Channels, A&E, Turner Broadcasting, the Disney Channel, the Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), National Geographic and the Smithsonian, among others. A writer of documentaries, news and public affairs, kids’ TV, and music and arts specials, he has been nominated for the Writers Guild Award five times, and received it in 2004 for commentary written with Bill Moyers.
His credits include the public television series NOW with Bill Moyers, NOVA, Nature, American Experience, Smithsonian World and Television, an illustrated history of the medium for which he also wrote a companion book, published by Random House; the Children’s Television Workshop series 3-2-1 Contact and Square One TV. His documentaries include How the West Was Lost, Our Time in Hell: The Korean War, In Search of the Oregon Trail, Biography of the Millennium and Outsmarting Terror. He has contributed to music specials, including In Performance at the White House and Benny Goodman: Let’s Dance and the Emmy-nominated My Sergei, a CBS TV movie adaptation of the best seller by Ekaterina Gordeeva.
From 1994-98, Winship was supervising producer of Audubon Productions for the National Audubon Society. He oversaw the production and development of natural history and environmental specials and series for Turner TV, the Disney Channel, PBS and the BBC. Several were nominated for CableACE and WildScreen Awards, and Disney’s "Audubon’s Animal Adventures" received the Genesis Award for Outstanding Children’s Cable Series. He also served as senior producer of "Wild Wings Heading South", a co-production of Audubon and the BBC Natural History Unit.
His latest television work is as co-producer of Baghdad Diary, a documentary on life in Iraq that premiered in November 2007 on The History Channel. Winship writes a syndicated weekly column for the more than 100 daily newspapers owned by the GateHouse News Service. It also appears on progressive websites nationwide. By-lined articles by Winship have appeared in The New York Times and other publications. He has lectured across the United States and in Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
Recently, Winship 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.