Los Angeles (December 18, 2009) – SAG National Executive Director David White was honored today with the Labor and Personal Representation Award by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel.
He was formally recognized with the honor at AMEC’s annual Counsel of the Year luncheon. The ceremony took place at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
“I am honored to be included in such a distinguished field of nominees and I thank AMEC for this award,” said White. “It is beyond question that I receive such recognition only because of the talented team of Guild members and staff who have worked with me to accomplish so much this year. With them, I look forward to a productive 2010.” The Counsel of the Year Awards were created five years ago to honor excellence among in-house counsel and business affairs executives at major media and entertainment companies.
White is national executive director of Screen Actors Guild. Prior to re-joining Guild staff, where he previously served as General Counsel from 2002 to 2006, White was managing principal of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group (ESG) providing consulting services to the entertainment industry.
White has received numerous other awards for his work and service throughout his career. He is the incoming Chair of the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans, the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Grinnell College, and the former Co-chair of the Sports & Entertainment Labor Law Standing Committee of the American Bar Association. He serves as a Commissioner for urban area planning and development for the City of Los Angeles. White has also served as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Posse Foundation-L.A., an organization dedicated to expanding educational and leadership opportunities to students across Los Angeles County.
A graduate of Stanford Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, White was a labor and employment attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP before joining the executive ranks of SAG.
White has been a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Lawyer and, as a frequent commentator on entertainment industry trends, has been quoted on National Public Radio's "Marketplace," and in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and other publications.
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents over 120,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.