Missouri Valley 2015:08

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The Official E-Newsletter of the Missouri Valley Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Missouri Valley Local
August 2015


I am very excited to be given the opportunity to serve the Missouri Valley Local as your membership services administrator. 

I joined the staff of SAG-AFTRA at the beginning of March this year. I recently graduated from Fontbonne University with a Master of Arts in theater and am continuing studies toward a degree in nonprofit management. I have years of experience working in theaters and with opera companies in stage and house management.

The performing arts are an integral part of our culture and vitality as a society. I am thrilled to be able to broaden my understanding of performing arts into the radio, film and television mediums. I am here to provide membership assistance to all of you with your dues and other administrative questions.

I also assist the local board with having membership meetings and already had the honor of meeting some of you in Kansas City. I have already learned a lot about SAG-AFTRA and the membership processes and look forward to learning and applying even more.

Please feel free to reach out to me and introduce yourself. You can send an email here. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. 

A Message from Interim Local Exec Director Maureen O’Brien

Hello Members!

I hope everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable summer so far.

As you know, many changes have occurred in the Missouri Valley Local office these last few months and I am happy to report that everything has been running smoothly during the transition.

I am excited to announce that the Local Board of Directors has appointed me as interim local executive director. I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to represent our great local. I will continue to handle all performer matters under the commercials, industrial, new media and film agreements, but will also be responsible for any issues under our broadcast contracts. If you have any questions or need assistance with performer or broadcast concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks to former Local Executive Director JD Miller’s diligence, four station contracts were ratified before his departure. Members at KTVI and KMOV in St. Louis, WDAF in Kansas City, and KETV in Omaha all received wage increases and an increase to their health and retirement funds. Negotiations for KCTV in Kansas City begin in September and will be facilitated by National Director, News & Broadcast Tom Higgins.

It’s been an exciting time for film production in Missouri. Four independent films and one studio production were filmed under our SAG-AFTRA film agreements, including American Honey, starring Shia LaBeouf; The Layover, directed by William H. Macy; Grandmother’s Murder Club, which shot in St. Louis; and The Matchbreaker, which shot in Kansas City, Missouri.

SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Contracts Director Kathy Byrne and I will be hosting a series of film workshops in Missouri Sept. 8-10. The focus is to educate local filmmakers on the SAG-AFTRA film agreements and answer any questions or concerns the directors and producers might have. There are a lot of misconceptions about the paperwork process and our intention is to make the process as easy as possible for everyone. If you are interested in attending, please contact me at (314) 231-0942 for schedule and location information. I encourage your attendance. It will be a great opportunity to network with local filmmakers.

The Missouri Valley Local elected leaders were installed Aug. 20. Candidates ran unopoposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. The election results were announced June 16. Click here for details.

It's always great to see our members highlighted. The Ladue News recently ran an article about local member Ron Elz, better known as Johnny Rabbitt, host of Route 66 on KMOX. Elz has been a fixture on local radio for more than six decades. Click here to read the story.

I look forward to serving all of you as your executive director.