Hawaii 2012:10

The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local
October 2012

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE REPORT

by Pam Larson, Chair

The Women's Committee's project scheduled for September is on temporary hold, awaiting the National Finance Committee's green light to submit a funding request for the project. However, mainland SAG-AFTRA enthusiasm and support remains strong for this event. We have been contacted by the Florida and L.A. Locals, as well as other supporters who are looking forward to our event.

An update of the status of this event is currently being sent to Hawaii members who have volunteered as speakers and participants.

CONSERVATORY REPORT

by Scott Rogers, Chair

As chair of the Hawaii Local Conservatory Committee, I am pleased to report we’ve had a good year thus far. Our guest teachers this year include L.A. acting coach Iris Klein and CBS VP Fern Orenstein. Finishing off the year is Jeanne Rogers, teaching a continuation of her popular imagination class, "Imagination and Meisner's Emotional Preparation" (she was trained by Sanford Meisner personally) and, since we have two series shooting here and several films coming in, I'll be teaching an audition clinic and an acting on-camera class.

As co-chair of the National Conservatory Committee, I can report that our national committees are reforming under the SAG-AFTRA banner and getting to work! The National Conservatory Committee is in the process of scheduling its first meeting under SAG-AFTRA in order to support the efforts of our assorted and diverse Local conservatories. I firmly believe that during the course of the next year we will see great strides in providing ongoing training for our members nationwide!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

We will be marching on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade.
Parade route: Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiolani Bandstand. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Ulu Malu near the canoes at Ala Moana Beach Park.

HAWAII LOCAL OFFICE
949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 596-0388
email Brenda Ching

Local Board Officers:
Rolf Burton, Co-President & National Board member
Glenn Cannon, Co-President
Lynne Halevi, Co-Vice President
Scott Rogers, Co-Vice President & National Board member
David Farmer, Co-Secretary/Treasurer
Kevin Lye, Co-Treasurer
Jean Simon, Co-Secretary

Board members:
Zulma Aguiar
Regina Bailey
Dennis Chun
Katherine Cleveland
Sally Davis
Colby Haines
David Isei
Pamela Larson
Becky Maltby
Marc McClelland
John Nordlum
Richard Rodrigues
Lisa Romano
Charles Uyehara

Executive Director:
Brenda Ching 

Co-President’s Message: Glenn Cannon

Successful efforts to bring both unions together to function as one have been the primary focus of the national and Local boards these first few months following the merger. I am pleased to say that the current Local Board is making excellent progress toward that aim. Particularly want to note the hard work of Scott Rogers, our conservatory chair and legacy SAG National Board member, and Rolf Burton, co-president and legacy AFTRA National Board member. Efforts are underway for a Local constitution. Extremely helpful in this task, among others, are David Farmer and Kevin Lye. All board members are actively participating in committees.

I am currently recovering from major surgery, but I am involved with the Local, and I am hopeful I will be fully functioning by the end of the year.

Glenn Cannon, Co-President

Co-President’s Report: Rolf Burton

Greetings SAG-AFTRA members:
This has been a great year for union actors. With the merger, we are stronger than ever against the giant companies that control our industry. Local actors are working, going to classes and being rewarded with principal roles. Currently, we have two prime-time network shows filming on Oahu: Last Resort on ABC and Hawaii Five-0 on CBS. If you haven’t worked, now is the time to send in your current resume and headshot. They need local background and principal actors. Several background actors from the pilot of Last Resort were upgraded to principal roles.

Membership meeting/mixer: 
On Aug. 1, 150 members attended the excellent membership meeting/mixer with CBS executives: Vice President of Casting Fern Orenstein; Vice President, Diversity and Communications Tiffany Smith-Anoa‘i; and Arts Education Director East/West Players Marilyn Tokuda, who gave an extensive diversity talk and advised local actors on what makes a good headshot. Additionally, Fern explained how the process works at CBS when casting actors. The membership enjoyed this opportunity to speak informally with Fern, Tiffany and Marilyn and to submit their headshots and resumes. Many members commented how it was one of the best membership meetings we’ve had.

Thank you to the members who volunteered to help set up and clean up. Also, thank you to SAG-AFTRA national staff and SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Executive Director Brenda Ching for organizing the event.

Commercials contracts negotiations:
In addition to the difficult task of completing the merger between SAG and AFTRA, we are currently preparing for the national commercials contracts negotiations. The Hawaii Local Board established a Wages & Working Conditions Committee. The committee members are David Farmer, Becky Maltby, Lisa Romano and Jean Simon, and I am serving as chair. The committee will submit its recommendations to national for consideration in the upcoming negotiations.

Hawaii’s first-rate scenery, a diverse pool of skilled actors and affordable tax incentives continue to showcase Hawaii and its diversity on the global stage.

Keep up the good work!

Rolf Burton, Co-President

National Board Report: Scott Rogers 

Your National Board has been working extremely hard to merge two large and unique unions into one powerful force. And, at the same time, focusing on our main priority — negotiating our labor contracts! 
 
Good news on that front: We have completed negotiations on our first-ever music video contract! This historic contract covers performers in music videos for the first time. We are also in the midst of our first major W&W (Wages & Working Conditions) process, for our commercials contracts. (Co-President Rolf Burton chairs our Local Commercials W&W Committee). The commercials contracts will be our first major contract negotiation as SAG-AFTRA. The Theatrical/Television Contract negotiations will follow. It truly is an exciting time for our new union!
 
Since our last newsletter, I attended the July plenary meetings in L.A. At the meetings, the National Conservatory Committee was resurrected, and Ron Morgan from L.A. and I were named co-chairs. There was lengthy discussion about the budget. There was a presentation and discussion on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaty on audiovisual performances. The treaty would protect the rights of performers when their work is portrayed or distributed in other countries. Forty-eight countries signed the treaty in Beijing, and more are expected to sign. Thirty countries must now ratify the treaty for it to enter into force. There was a resolution to encourage the trustees of the SAG P&H and AFTRA H&R to merge the plans, and the National Executive Committee was granted authority to approve amendments to the Local constitutions.

Visit our brand-new website at SAGAFTRA.org to get the latest news — like our exciting new insurance options for members! Our next national plenary is set to take place Oct. 27 and 28 in Los Angeles. I'll report back to you in our next newsletter on what we accomplish.