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Sumi Haru, Former SAG Interim President, Dies at 75!

October 16, 2014 (19:02) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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October 16, 2014 | 06:45PM PT

Sumi Sevilla Haru, who served as the interim Screen Actors Guild president in 1995, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 75.

The New Jersey native joined SAG in 1968 and AFTRA in 1972 and served as a national board member for both organizations for multiple terms since 1974, often addressing the lack of opportunities and roles for Asians.

“It is with great sadness that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to Sumi Haru,” said SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard. “Sumi notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for decades on our local and national boards, and as Screen Actors Guild recording secretary and interim president. Sumi served our members through her lifelong dedication to actors, the labor movement, and civil rights and equal employment. She did that with conviction, passion and grace. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones. We will miss her.”

She served as interim president of SAG in 1995 after Barry Gordon resigned to run for Congress and remains the only woman of color to hold the position. Her acting credits included “Krakatoa,” “East of Java,” “MASH,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Hill Street Blues.”

Haru was a co-founder of SAG’s Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee in 1971 and helped negotiate affirmative action clauses into contracts.

Haru became a national vice president of the AFL-CIO in 1995. Her six-year term as a national vice president marked the first time an Asian American has served on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.

In 2013, she was elected for a two-year term as a member of the first elected national board of the merged SAG-AFTRA.

In 2009, Haru was honored with SAG’s Ralph Morgan Award for distinguished service to SAG’s Hollywood Division. She published “Iron Lotus: Memoirs of Sumi Sevilla Haru” in 2012.

Funeral services are pending.

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It’s a sad day!  Thank you for your service dear Sumi!

Arl

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SAG-AFTRA Members: DO NOT WORK NOTICE: THE GETAWAY!

October 13, 2014 (15:04) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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Attention all members: Please read the following important notice regarding the Esquire Network, Zero Point Zero Productions program The Getaway.

SAG-AFTRA has issued a “no-contract, no-work” order for the Esquire Network program The Getaway, produced by Zero Point Zero Productions Inc. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this program. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

Members with questions may contact David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, at david.besbris@sagaftra.org or (323) 634-8116.

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Way to Go SAG-AFTRA.  Don’t let them Getaway with being Non-Union!!!!

Arl

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SAG-AFTRA Board Extends David White’s Contract for Four Years!

October 12, 2014 (20:11) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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Television IndustryScreen Actors GuildDavid WhiteDoug AllenKen Howard

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved a new four-year deal for David White as national executive director.

The board approved the deal Sunday. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Howard has held the post since 2009, when he replaced Doug Allen, who had been fired from the position. White singled out Ken Howard, who was elected as SAG’s last president later that year and has continued as SAG-AFTRA president since the unions merged in 2012.

“This job presents new challenges every day and I am thrilled to continue in my role at SAG-AFTRA,” White said. “I want to thank President Howard, our elected officers and national board members for their confidence in me. It’s an honor to represent SAG-AFTRA members and I look forward to continuing the great work we have accomplished to date.”

In February, White’s name emerged as a candidate for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. However, the players union opted in July to select Washington, D.C. attorney Michelle Roberts for the post.

White has been opposed by the self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction of elected leaders, but that group has seen its clout diminished since Allen was fired. He campaigned actively for the merger along with Howard, asserting that the combined union — which has about about 165,000 members — would have more clout and operate more effectively.

White was given a three-year contract extension in late 2011 and SAG-AFTRA’s LM-2 filing last year with the U.S. Dept. of Labor showed that White received a salary of $541,040 plus $34,755 in expenses for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.

“I’m so pleased that we were able to secure a long-term commitment from David,” Howard said. “He is a formidable strategic thinker and an outstanding executive. David is equally committed to wisely shepherding our operations and to ensuring good wages and safe working conditions for our members. We are lucky to have him and know we will continue to benefit from his leadership.”

The national board also unanimously ratified the recently negotiated SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Agreement and SAG-AFTRA Basic Cable Animation Agreement. The three-year agreements mirror the gains in the master contract for feature films and primetime TV and went into effect retroactively to July 1.

The deals include pay raises of 8.7% compounded over the next three years retroactive to Oct. 1.

The board unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming Network Television Code negotiations, which covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials, promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.

The proposal package is confidential and will not be released, the union said.

Howard will chair the contracts negotiations and White will serve as the union’s chief negotiator. Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are scheduled to commence on Nov. 3 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The current contract expires Nov. 15.
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Oh, and what do you want to bet something else will be confidential from the membership!  Whites salary!!!

Arl

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SAG-AFTRA Board Signs David White to New Four-Year Contract

6:30 PM PST 10/12/2014 by Jonathan Handel

The new deal expires Oct. 12, 2018

The SAG-AFTRA National Board on Sunday signed off on a new four-year contract fornational executive director David White. The new deal expires Oct. 12, 2018, and appears to signal that White intends to stay at the helm of the union for some time to come. Earlier in the year, it became public that he was a candidate for the top job at the NBA Players Association, but the position ultimately went to another candidate.

Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

“This job presents new challenges every day and I am thrilled to continue in my role at SAG-AFTRA,” White said. “I want to thank President [Ken] Howard, our elected officers and national board members for their confidence in me. It’s an honor to represent SAG-AFTRA members and I look forward to continuing the great work we have accomplished to date.”



Added Howard: “I’m so pleased that we were able to secure a long-term commitment from David. He is a formidable strategic thinker and an outstanding executive. David is equally committed to wisely shepherding our operations and to ensuring good wages and safe working conditions for our members. We are lucky to have him and know we will continue to benefit from his leadership.”

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In other action, the national board also unanimously ratified the recently negotiated 2014 consolidated successor to the SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Agreement and SAG-AFTRA Basic Cable Animation Agreement.The new contract, which goes into effect immediately, are retroactive to July 1, 2014 and will run through June 30, 2017. It includes:

* Pay raises of 8.7 percent compounded over the next three years retroactive to Oct. 1 (the raises mirror the raises in the unions master TV Agreement and are 2.5 percent the first year and 3 percent in each of the following years)

* Increased contributions to the union’s pension & health / health & retirement funds

* A reduction in unpaid free streaming windows

* A new residual for free, ad-supported video on-demand (AVOD) viewing via set-top box

Negotiations lasted three days, concluding on Sept. 9 and were directed for the union by lead negotiator and chief contracts officer Ray Rodriguez and assistant national executive director, contracts Joan Halpern Weise.

In addition, the board unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming Network Television Code (Netcode) negotiations. Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are scheduled to commence on Nov. 3, 2014 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The current contract expires Nov. 15.

The Netcode, also referred to as the “front of book” to distinguish it from a provision, Exhibit A, that formerly covered primetime programming, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs. Howard will chair the Netcode negotiations and White will serve as the union’s chief negotiator. The proposal package was not released.

Exhibit A was subsumed by the consolidated master TV Agreement in the most recent triennial negotiations, but the front of book portions of the Netcode remain distinct.

Also, chief operating officer and general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland informed the board that the union had placed a new “Do Not Work” notice on the Esquire Network program The Getaway.

“Do Not Work notices are for the benefit of our members and are not issued lightly,” said Crabtree-Ireland. “These are final measures against an employer who has failed to sign a SAG-AFTRA agreement, making it clear that our members will not accept work from this employer until an agreement has been signed.”

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Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike Over: Deal Ratified With Ryan Seacrest Productions!

October 11, 2014 (11:10) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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A Petition concerning Animation contract.

October 9, 2014 (15:21) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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This came in my email:

Hi my friends,

If you are in SAG-AFTRA please take a moment to make your voice heard and sign this petition today. About 50 members of the animation community met at a hotel boardroom last night to discuss the proposed Animation Contract which will go before the SAG-AFTRA National Board for approval this weekend and be binding for the next 3 years.Under the new constitution of the merged union, you don’t get to vote on this contract. That power lays in the hands of the National Board. Michael Bell has agreed to take these signed petitions and speak in front of the National Board on our behalf. I can’t think of anyone better to represent the animation communities interests than Michael. He has worked on countless SAG committees to uphold our interests for years.

Here are the facts of the proposed contract: RESIDUALS TIED TO BUDGETS A dangerous precedent: Contracts for New Media programming have Residuals linked to the BUDGETS of animated programs, rather than the financial success andlor frequency of reuse. ANIMATION = LOW BUDGET. LOW BUDGET = NO RESIDUALS. RESIDUALS FOR NEW MEDIA There are essentially NO RESIDUALS for any animated program produced for New Media (streaming, SVOD, etc.) One exception: If budgeted at $25K per minute (approximately $550,000 per episode) a residual payment is triggered after one year ofFREE streaming. There are currently NO animated programs that meet this criteria. CONTRACT FOR SVOD (Amazon, Netflix, Bulu, etc.) NO MINIMUMS FOR SESSIONS NO LIMIT ON TIME FOR SESSIONS NO LIMIT ON VOICES (we went on strike to get a bump for additional voices) NO LIMIT ON EPISODES PER SESSION NO RESIDUALS* *One exception: If budgeted at $1.3 million per episode, a three-tiered residual formula is triggered. There are currently NO animated programs that meet this criteria and it is highly unlikely that there we be even ONE program like this over the next three years. This contract is for the next THREE YEARS. Any SVOD shows produced during this time period will NEVER pay residuals when rerun on SVOD and will have UNLIMITED reuse on SVOD in perpetuity. FORMULA HISTORY (other contracts) – Things move slowly if at all! Interactive – Established with no residuals = Still no residuals. Home Video/DVD – Fonnula for residuals hasn’t been renegotiated in over 30 years. Basic Cable – Formula for residuals has moved only 50/0 over the last 30 years. VOTING Under the SAG-AFTRA constitution, this contract will be voted up or down by THE NATIONAL BOARD, not you, the men1bership. YOU WILL NOT GET A BALLOT. I have attached the petition (please write your name, sign, date, and include your sag-aftra #). Email it ASAP to brooklynboymike@gmail.com by Friday. The SAG-AFTRA National Board is meeting thisSaturday October 11th to RATIFY this contract and most of the animation community is completely unaware of this.

This petition is our LAST chance to make our voices heard.

Yours in Solidarity, Catherine Cavadini

TO THE SAG-AFTRA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

I am shocked to learn that the current Animation Contract Proposal for SVOD (i.e. Netflix, Amazon, etc.) has NO minimum scale, NO limit on session duration, NO limit on number of voices and NO limit on number of episodes per session. Furthermore there are NO residuals for actors in animated programs for SVOD that are budgeted “under $1.3 million dollars.” Are you aware that currently 100% of all animated programs for SVOD are budgeted under $1.3 million and over the next three years of this contract there will be an essentially RESIDUAL-FREE zone for animated programming? I am already auditioning for a significant number of animated programs being produced for this platform (and there is no doubt that there will be a veritable explosion of animated content on SVOD for the proposed duration of this contract.)  Actors who choose to take this work in the next three years will have NO income from the SVOD reruns of these programs in perpetuity.

I am also shocked to learn that I will NOT be able to vote on this contract. As a working voice-over actor I demand that the Board of Directors send this contract out for a vote to the affected membership.

TO THE SAG-AFTRA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

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I have attached the petition (please write your name, sign, date, and include your sag-aftra #). Email it ASAP to brooklynboymike@gmail.com by Friday. The SAG-AFTRA National Board is meeting this Saturday October 11th to RATIFY this contract and most of the animation community is completely unaware of this.

This petition is our LAST chance to make our voices heard.

Yours in Solidarity, Catherine Cavadini

Here’s a copy of the petition:

 

I am shocked to learn that the current Animation Contract Proposal for SVOD (i.e. Netflix, Amazon, etc.) has NO minimum scale, NO limit on session duration, NO limit on number of voices and NO limit on number of episodes per session. Furthermore there are NO residuals for actors in animated programs for SVOD that are budgeted “under $1.3 million dollars.” Are you aware that currently 100% of all animated programs for SVOD are budgeted under $1.3 million and over the next three years of this contract there will be an essentially RESIDUAL-FREE zone for animated programming? I am already auditioning for a significant number of animated programs being produced for this platform (and there is no doubt that there will be a veritable explosion of animated content on SVOD for the proposed duration of this contract.)  Actors who choose to take this work in the next three years will have NO income from the SVOD reruns of these programs in perpetuity.

I am also shocked to learn that I will NOT be able to vote on this contract. As a working voice-over actor I demand that the Board of Directors send this contract out for a vote to the affected membership.

PRINT NAME                            SIGNATURE (if possible)         SAG-AFTRA#

 

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Arl

The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

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