The following is a joint filing submitted to the Federal Communications Commission today by a broad coalition of entertainment industry guilds, unions and studios, including AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, SAG and the MPAA who have combined forces to speak with one voice on the issue of Internet theft through a single filing.
New Orleans (August 12, 2010) — Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director David White has been named “Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year” by the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges. The honor was presented to White today in New Orleans at the NBA’s 85th Annual Convention & Exhibits.
LOS ANGELES (August 10, 2010) – The Equal Employment Opportunities/Diversity Committees of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today the 8th Annual Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards, recognizing performers and arts organizations who, through their work and activism, have fostered diversity within the entertainment and news media industries and their communities. The theme of the 2010 program is a celebration of those who challenge and change preconceptions.
My confidence in SAG’s financial leadership team is no secret — I’ve expressed it regularly in these letters and to the Board of Directors. But if there was any skepticism about whether it was warranted, that doubt should be dispelled by the financial results for the fiscal year that closed on April 30, 2010.
It’s hard to find two words that better describe the essence of unionism than “working together.” By working together, we combine our strength to become more powerful than we ever could as individuals. When SAG and AFTRA begin joint negotiations of our TV/Theatrical and Exhibit A Contracts on September 27, we’ll be ready because we have been working together.