Statement Regarding National Board Actions of January 26, 2009

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Statement Regarding National Board Actions of January 26, 2009

The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors by written assent today terminated the employment of Doug Allen and appointed former Guild general counsel David White to replace him as interim national executive director. The board further appointed longtime Guild senior advisor John T. McGuire as chief negotiator.

The board also disbanded the TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee and directed that it be replaced with a Taskforce directed to complete these negotiations on behalf of the board of directors.

All actions are effective immediately.

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A Message from Interim National Executive Director David White 1/27/09

Dear Screen Actors Guild member,

As I enter my first full day today as your new Interim National Executive Director, I have reflected on a Los Angeles Examiner story from 1937 that once hung on the wall of my Screen Actors Guild office when I served as General Counsel. 

The article chronicled the moment when the studios had finally recognized the Guild as the labor representative for actors in the motion picture industry.  A grainy photograph captured members celebrating the news together, the joy in their faces richly evident.  That moment, and the incredible work that it took Guild members to reach that moment, have served as the foundation for 75 years of history that has followed.

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