The WGAw got into representing animation writers in 1997, when it signed a deal with Fox-News Corp. for cartoon scribes working in prime time. Since then, there's been a lot of internal guild politics to organize other companies under Guild contracts. We note that various candidates running for officer slots in the upcoming Writers Guild election are talking about it, among them:
Ari B. Rubin, Board Candidate:
... I believe our conflict with IATSE over animation writers is a festering wound and I will work hard to see the rift bridged. Animation writers must receive the WGA protections they deserve. We must also turn our attention to capturing two burgeoning fields: performance capture and video games. ...
Michael Oats Palmer, Board Candidate:
Feature animation writers are covered by the Animation Guild, part of IATSE, a carryover from the era where Uncle Walt and Chuck Jones were marquee names. But as complicated a situation as it is, we must work to make animated features covered by WGA ... Writers are better served by the WGA than IATSE.
John Aboud, Vice President Candidate:
We must therefore expand jurisdiction where possible -- including more coverage of animation, video games and new media -- ensuring our relevance in the future.
The Writers Guild's push for cartoon jurisdiction has been a hot-button issue for at least the last decade and a half, and I don't think there will be any cooling in the foreseeable future. Certainly Patric Verrone has made it a priority in his previous administrations. If he grabs the reins of the WGAw again, it will doubtless remain a priority.