WMA 2013:03

The Official E-Newsletter for the Washington — Mid Atlantic Local
The Official E-Newsletter for the Washington — Mid Atlantic Local
March 2013

SAG AWARDS® A HUGE SUCCESS

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was held on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, and broadcast live on both TNT and TBS, drawing in 5.2 million viewers domestically and more than 3 million internationally. The star-studded event honored members for their achievement in film and television over the past year. Members of SAG-AFTRA in good standing who had paid their dues by Nov. 30 voted on the recipients of each award, after having the opportunity to view the nominated films on DVDs or through online streaming. This was the first SAG Awards under the merged union, giving many members the opportunity to participate in the voting process for the first time.

While it may be too late to view the nominated films and vote for this year’s awards, make sure you don’t miss out for next year’s awards! We encourage you to make sure that you are a member in good standing, pay your dues on time and that SAG-AFTRA has your most up-to-date contact information, which you can view and change by logging in to your account and clicking “My Information” under the “Member Services” drop-down menu. For more information on the SAG Awards, go to www.sagawards.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Conservatory Workshops:

• 7-9 p.m., Monday, March 11: Let Me Tell You a Story – Commercial Audiobook Narration presented by Sean Pratt
• 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 14: Meisner Technique for Film Acting presented by Robert Epstein
• 7-9 p.m., Monday, March 18: Leave Rejection in the Past presented by Jane Beard
• 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 19: Building Your Voice for Endurance presented by Chrissellene Petropoulos
• 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23: The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up a Home Studio on a Budget presented by Craig Klein

Click here for details on how to register for these workshops and the full Spring 2013 Conservatory calendar.
Check out our Local Events page for updates on other SAG-AFTRA events.

Retirement party

SAG-AFTRA Says Goodbye to George Wright

On Feb. 27, the SAG-AFTRA office staff came together for a festive breakfast to celebrate the retirement of George Wright, who is leaving after 18 years of services as deputy executive director.

George has helped many members with his hard work and innovative ideas. He started both dues-check-off and premium conversion in our local, which has now been adopted by many stations and locals throughout the country. George, along with Pat O’Donnell, Joe Krebs and Terrie Bjorklund worked tirelessly to ban noncompete clauses in Washington, DC. Over the past 18 years, George has helped to recover more than 2 million in pay and benefits for our members.

George Wright  George Wright

George hails from the great state of Texas. He received his degree from the University of Texas, and did post-graduate work at the University of Texas at El Paso. Before joining the SAG-AFTRA staff, he was the director of human resources for the Postal Service in Washington, D.C., and went on to be the director of employee and labor relations at Howard University. George currently resides in northern Virginia with Sandy, his wife of 45 years. He has three children, three granddaughters and last year became a great-grandfather. George’s plans for retirement include traveling, spending time with friends and family, and completing the long list of chores his wife has for him.

George will be truly missed by both staff and members. We wish him all the best in his retirement!  

Local Members Nominated for Audie Awards

By Don Hagen

Congratulations to the SAG-AFTRA narrators from the Washington – Mid Atlantic Local who have been nominated for Audie Awards, the prestigious yearly award given by the Audiobook Publishers Association:

• Ralph Cosham
• Michael Kramer
• Jennifer Mendenhall (Kate Reading)
• Sean Pratt (Lloyd James)

The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Through the Audie Awards competition, publishers are able to enter titles in various categories for recognition of achievement. Finalists are selected and, from that group of finalists, one winner receives the award. Winners will be recognized at the exciting Audies gala in New York City on May 30, 2013.

Bravo and Brava to our local nominees!