But more importantly, AFTRA’s NED Kim Hedgpeth & President Roberta Reardon owe me $700 Bucks. Read the documents enclosed and you decide
Pamm Fair is exiting SAG. This from Variety:
Posted: Fri., Nov. 20, 2009, 1:04pm PT
Pamm Fair resigns from SAG post
Exec exits as deputy national executive director
By DAVE MCNARY
Pamm Fair, one of the top execs at the Screen Actors Guild, is resigning from her post as deputy national executive director at the end of the year.
SAG made the announcement Friday but did not explain why she’s departing. David White, SAG national exec director, and SAG prexy Ken Howard issued statements thanking Fair for her service.
Fair’s responsibilities had been in the legislative arena, organizing and in supervising the guild’s public communications. She joined SAG in 2002 as legislative director following a long career as an exec at the American Federation of Televison & Radio Artists, replacing Lance Simmens in that slot after he was ousted by then-SAG topper Bob Pisano.
SAG said Friday that no immediate replacement will be named to her position and noted Fair will remain on staff through the end of the year to transition her responsibilities.
“During her time with the guild, Pamm directed key efforts ranging from communications to high profile outreach,” White said Friday. “Over the last several years she has been engaged in redefining the Guild’s new media initiatives, organizing efforts and legislative advocacy on key Guild issues. Her contributions to the guild have been varied and significant and I thank her for her dedicated service. I know I speak for all of us in wishing her continued success in this next phase of her journey.”
SAG’s national board voted last month to give White a two-year deal, removing the interim tag from his title. White was installed last January as SAG’s top exec after the national board fired Doug Allen.
According to SAG’s annual report to the federal government, Fair received $301,864 in compensation for the fiscal year ended April 30. Allen was SAG’s top paid exec at $647,403.
SAG’s hasn’t disclosed White’s pay but it’s understood his annual salary is about $420,000 per annum — a reduction he requested from his one-year deal as the interim chief, partly due to the 35 staff slots that were cut earlier this year as a result of a deficit.
The Ol’ Dog wishs Pamm all the best. I always found her to be responsive to m questions regarding the guild.
And now to my money beef. Hey, the Ol’ Dog’s credo is I won’t screw you in any dealings, and therefore, you don’t screw me. Now a few months back, I worked on the Hannah Montana show, and I got screwed. Not by Disney, mind you, or the folks that run that show, but by those who are supposed to look out for my, and other AFTRA actors, interest.
I’m talking about AFTRA’s NED Kim Hedgpeth, President Roberta Reardon, the go-along-to-get-along’s on the AFTRA Board–and all the others like Tom Hanks, SAG President Ken Howard and the USAN/UFS/AFTRA First supporters who have empowered AFTRA to screw the rank and file actor by lowering their minimums and giving away their residuals to put money in AFTRA’s coffers.
Okay, how did I come up with the $700 dollar figure. Well to start with, I have done around 400 hundred SAG TV shows and feature films doing voiceovers as sports announcers, newsmen, Disc Jockeys, etc —-and I have always been paid the day rate and have received full residualsah that is until I worked this AFTRA show. Whereas, I recently worked a SAG cable show Mad Men and received $759 dollars plus residuals, when I worked my first (and last) AFTRA cable show, I received only $364 dollars and will, most likely, receive no residuals the first year.
Here is the contract. You may find it of interest for what it reveals, as well as what it doesn’t reveal. (The first page is a little hard to read but then rest is in larger type.)
Now if you read the contract, you’ll notice there is no mention that performer’s original compensation allows them to run the show during 15 free exhibition windows without said performer receiving any additional compensation. This means they can run the show as many times as they want on 15 different days without paying the performer one penny in residuals. Under a SAG cable contract, which has no under five provision and starts paying residuals on the first rerun, the performer could make several hundred dollars depending on how many times the show was run during the day.
Like, I said, even if you work one of these AFTRA cable shows, you most likely won’t know that you wont get any residuals the first yearuntil they don’t come.
Now, you may be saying wait, I don’t remember voting on any cable contract which gave away residuals and had an under five clause. Well, that’s because, well, you didn’t. You see your AFTRA Star Chamber staff and leadership knows that if actors had a chance to vote on such contract, they would vote it down. So they cut them completely out of the picture. Not only, are AFTRA members not allowed to have any voice on the terms of these cable contracts, for the most part, they aren’t even allowed to see them–even when they work them.
After a lot of hassle, including a trip to AFTRA headquarters where I was turned down and, then, a written request where I was given the runaround, I finally got a copy of Disney’s “It’s a Laugh Productions” with a warning not show it to anyone. Well, knowing that bullies, generally back down, I went ahead and posted it on the SAG Watchdog website, anyway. As of yet no repercussions from AFTRA for doing so. At the time I posted it, I only had two words for AFTRA’s leadership if they went after me for doing so.
Now, you may not know what that means, but trust me they do.
Okay, now here is the paragraph from the “It’s a Laugh” sellout contract that AFTRA used to lowball SAG’s Cable contracts. You’ll find it, or something similar, in most of the AFTRA cable contracts that were used to poach work from SAG.
Just four years ago AFTRA only had a couple of Cable shows and now they have the majority of them. AFTRA calls it organizing. Those actors who have worked these shows and have yet to receive a penny in residuals, call itah, well, the Ol’ Dog does have some limitation to what he’ll post.
Well, I know, I’ll never get that $700, or so, bucks that Kim, Roberta and the other go-along-to-get-along’s screwed me out of. My only hope is that I’m around long enough to see the day when actors finally wise up and give those who have betrayed them what they deserve. Well, maybe not what they deserveafter all I ain’t a violent personalthough I wont weep if they spent a spell in the can for union racketeering.
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief