Shane Brennan has been elected President by the Australian Writers’ Guild’s National Executive Committee, and will assume the role effective immediately.
Brennan has been a member of the Guild for almost 40 years and is best known as the creator and showrunner of NCIS: Los Angeles. Since returning from a 14-year stint in Hollywood, Brennan has set up the not-for-profit, writer-focused organisation Scripted Ink, now in its third year of operation. Brennan and his wife Cathryn have also been responsible
for other philanthropic ventures, including co-funding the Guild’s David Williamson Prize.
“I’m deeply honoured to step into the position of Guild President,’ said Brennan, who replaces Jan Sardi who stepped down in January 2019.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jan on behalf of all Guild members for his outstanding service as President over the past eight years. The Guild owes Jan an enormous debt of gratitude for his generosity, steady leadership and his unflinching resolve to stand up for the rights of writers.
“Under Jan’s leadership, the Guild has gone from strength to strength and is now more focused and more resilient than at any time in its history. I look forward to working with Jan in his new position, with our CEO, Jacqueline Elaine, and with the National Executive Committee as we continue the important work of building our industry and ensuring writers
receive the recognition and rewards to which they are entitled.”
Group CEO Jacqueline Elaine added, “This is an incredibly exciting time for the Guild. The calibre and commitment of the Board members and the writers they represent is what makes this Guild great and I am honoured and privileged to work alongside them.”
After eight years as President, Jan Sardi was recently elected Chair of the AWGACS board.