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SAG-AFTRA’s Fourth Biennial Convention Draws To A Close

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SAG-AFTRA’s national convention closed today with voting on resolutions and speeches from the 160,000-member union’s top elected officials. The biennial conclave was a major show of support for SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris, whose allies were elected by the delegates to all eight of the union’s national vice presidencies. Carteris was re-elected national president in August.

“We are living in incredible times,” Carteris said in her closing remarks. “Our union is achieving truly amazing things – stronger contracts, organizing victories, safety protocols – real progress on behalf of our members. We have done work around safety on the set, sexual harassment, stunt coordinator process guidelines and contract enforcement. All these things come with incredible effort and they take great courage. What we have achieved is possible only because we have had, and will continue to have, our eyes on the prize. I’m looking forward to the future
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SAG-AFTRA Honors Gabrielle Carteris, Rebecca Damon and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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SAG-AFTRA has honored President Gabrielle Catereis, Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon and Chief Operating Officer Duncan Crabtree-Ireland with George Heller Memorial Award gold cards.

The award is presented every two years at convention and bestowed based on contributions and years of service to SAG-aftra or its predecessor unions. Recipients are selected by a subcommittee comprised of past recipients and National Honors and Tributes Committee members from around the country.

The union announced the awards Saturday during the third day of a four-day convention at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The convention is closed to the news media.

Carteris was re-elected president in August to remain as top elected officer of the performers union with 13,537 votes, or 44% of ballots cast, compared to 10,682 for Matthew Modine; 5,048 for Jane Austin; 1,096 for Queen Alljahye Searles and 367 for Abraham Justice. She’s best known as the Andrea Zuckerman character from “Beverly Hills 90210.” She also
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Clean Sweep For Gabrielle Carteris Allies In Eight SAG-AFTRA National VP Races

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It was a clean sweep today for supporters of SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris at the union’s biennial convention, where delegates elected eight of her allies to serve as the union’s national vice presidents. All eight are listed as supporters of hers on her Unite for Strength slate’s website.

As reported here earlier, Rebecca Damon, one of Carteris’ staunchest allies, was re-elected executive vice president – the 160,000-member union’s second-highest elected office. Seven other Carteris supporters were elected to the national vice presidencies, including:

Clyde Kusatsu, National Vice President, Los Angeles

Liz Zazzi, National Vice President, New York

Michele Proude, National Vice President, Mid-Sized Locals

Suzanne Burkhead, National Vice President, Small Locals

William Charlton, National Vice President, Actors/Performers

• Bob Butler, National Vice President, Broadcasters

Dan Navarro, National Vice President, Recording Artists/Singers

Quite a ruckus was raised during Charlton’s nomination, when Peter Antico, a
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Rebecca Damon Narrowly Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA Executive VP

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SAG-AFTRA convention delegates have narrowly re-elected Rebecca Damon to a two-year term as executive vice president of the performers union over David Jolliffe.

The margin was five votes in an election that took place Friday on the second day of the biennial SAG-aftra National Convention at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The four-day event is closed to the news media.

The exec VP slot is the second-highest elected post in SAG-aftra and shall act in the place of the president if the president is absent. Damon’s re-election is a victory for the Carteris supporters, who operate the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates.

Damon has been in the exec VP post since April, 2016, succeeding Gabrielle Carteris in the slot. Carteris became president after Ken Howard died, serving the final 16 months of his term and was re-elected in 2017 over Esai Morales and
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Rebecca Damon Re-Elected SAG-aftra Executive Vice President

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Rebecca Damon Re-Elected SAG-aftra Executive Vice President
Rebecca Damon has been re-elected executive vice president of SAG-aftra by delegates to the union’s fourth biennial convention in Los Angeles. A staunch supporter of SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, Damon is the union’s second-highest elected official.

“I’m grateful for the national show of support for my re-election,” Damon said. “I’m excited to be working again with President Carteris, our new Secretary-Treasurer Camryn Manheim and all the elected officers and board members who are serving our union. Only together can we take on the challenges that face us.”

Carteris said: “Congratulations to Rebecca Damon. I am thrilled to serve another term with her. She is a true partner, a tireless warrior who fights for membership across the country. SAG-aftra and our membership are lucky to have her wisdom and spirit as we face the future in unity and strength.”

Damon, an actor and voiceover performer,
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SAG-AFTRA’s Ruling Party Won’t Challenge L.A. Local’s Recent Election In Which It Was Soundly Defeated

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Unite for Strength, SAG-AFTRA’s ruling party, has decided not to challenge the Los Angeles local’s recent election, even though it claims that the Membership First opposition party — which clobbered them in the L.A. races — “irrefutably violated” federal election law by allegedly accepting “illegal” campaign contributions from an employer. Membership First flatly denies the allegation.

“Filing an election challenge would have absolutely overturned the local election based on the evidence; leading to a brand new election in the Los Angeles local,” Unite for Strength says on its website. “However, we determined that as painful as the results were, re-running the election would not be in the best interest of our almost 80,000 Los Angeles members.” The L.A. local is SAG-AFTRA’s largest local, accounting for half of the union’s entire membership nationwide.

In late-August, Gabrielle Carteris won re-election as national president of SAG-aftra on the Unite for Strength ticket,
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SAG-AFTRA Members In New Orleans Claim “Biased Decision” Led To Re-Run Of Their Local’s Elections

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Saying that “your vote counts, even if they make you do it twice,” a group of SAG-AFTRA members in New Orleans say they will “embrace” the mandated re-run of their local’s election even though they think the do-over is the result of a “biased decision.”

“The decision to re-run the Nola election is a biased decision, and extremely discouraging,” said the Nola Slate for Change opposition party, which won all but one of the contested local races. “News of this ruling quickly reverberated throughout our local membership. The committee’s decision is seen as an ‘old guard’ attempt to discount the membership’s desire for systematic change. The outpouring of support and encouragement for the Nola Slate for Change candidates has pushed us to embrace the re-run as another opportunity for our membership to clearly state their desire for overwhelming change.”

The order to re-run the election
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SAG-AFTRA Committee Denies Protests Over Gabrielle Carteris’ Re-Election

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SAG-AFTRA’s national election committee has denied all protests over the re-election of Gabrielle Carteris to the SAG-aftra presidency in August.

Carteris won the contest handily to remain as top elected officer of the performers union with 13,537 votes, or 44% of ballots cast, compared to 10,682 for Matthew Modine; 5,048 for Jane Austin; 1,096 for Queen Alljahye Searles and 367 for Abraham Justice.

“We conclude that there was no violation of the SAG-aftra Constitution, the Election Policy, or federal election law,” the committee said in its ruling. “Accordingly, we dismiss all post-election protests.”

Los Angeles board member Brian Hamilton, who had filed one of the protests, confirmed the denial to Variety and said that he and other protestors would probably meet shortly to discuss filing a protest with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Hamilton alleged in his complaint that the two August airings of the Fox series “BH90210,” in which Carteris starred as
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SAG-AFTRA Election Committee Dismisses All Protests Of Gabrielle Carteris’ Re-Election As Union President

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SAG-AFTRA Election Committee Dismisses All Protests Of Gabrielle Carteris’ Re-Election As Union President
Exclusive: More than a dozen protests of Gabrielle Carteris’ re-election as president of SAG-aftra have been dismissed by the union’s national election committee.

“We conclude that there was no violation of the SAG-AFTRA Constitution, the Election Policy, or federal election law,” the committee found. “Accordingly, we dismiss all post-election protests.” Read the committee’s full decision here.

With the exhaustion of their internal union remedies, the protestors now are taking their complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Many of the protests of the bitterly contested election contained overlapping allegations, including the claim that Carteris received an improper employer contribution through her work as an executive producer and cast member on Fox’s BH90210, in which she played a version of herself as president of the fictional Actors Guild of America. The show, a reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210, premiered during the union’s election.

This claim
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Congressman Jerry Nadler Rallies With Musicians For Fair Film And TV Contract

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House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler took time out from the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump today to address a musicians rally in New York City.

The American Federation of Musicians, in its contract talks with management’s AMPTP, is demanding residuals from films and TV shows made for streaming services. Unlike actors, writers and directors, musicians don’t get them, though they do receive residual payments for secondary-market re-uses of theatrical and TV films. The Afm, which hasn’t met face-to-face with producers since March, resumes bargaining today at the AMPTP’s offices in Sherman Oaks, where musicians also staged a rally.

“I am proud to stand with the thousands of American Federation of Musicians music professionals, who rightly deserve, like everyone else, a fair living wage,” Nadler (D-ny) said at the rally outside NBCUniversal’s headquarters in Manhattan. “Afm members are creative professionals who deserve fair
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SAG-AFTRA Convention Delegates To Tackle Wide Range Of Resolutions – Including One Aimed At Donald Trump

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Delegates to this week’s SAG-AFTRA biennial convention will be voting on dozens of proposed resolutions, including one that appears to be aimed directly at President Donald Trump, who has called numerous news organizations – including CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC – “the enemy of the American people.” Trump, who is a member of the union, isn’t mentioned by name, however.

“We are living in an extraordinary time when the news media has been attacked as spreading false stories and as an enemy of the people,” the sponsors of Resolution #1 said in their statement of support. “SAG-aftra has, on at least two occasions since our last national convention, issued strong statements on behalf of a free and unencumbered press. This is an opportunity to have our National Convention — the largest and most representative governing body in our union — underscore those previous statements and issue full-throated support for the principles
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Musicians Union Seeks Streaming Residuals as New Pact Negotiations Begin

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Studio musicians, who begin negotiations on a new contract with producers today, are seeking something they have never had: residual payments for programs made specifically for streaming platforms.

American Federation of Musicians (Afm) officials gained support from fellow show-business unions SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America at a rally attended by about 100 this morning outside the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

The Afm has long enjoyed residual payments for playing on movie scores. Those musicians currently playing on John Williams’ score for “Star Wars IX,” for example, will see residual payments when that film goes to DVD and cable. But those who are playing on the sessions for another “Star Wars” project, “The Mandalorian,” currently being made for the Disney+ streaming service, will not.

Speakers at the rally repeatedly cited the unfairness of the musicians’ situation, considering actors,
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SAG-AFTRA Seeks to Rescind Honor for Sbs Topper Raul Alarcon

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SAG-AFTRA has asked the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to rescind its recognition of Sbs Broadcasting CEO Raul Alarcon, citing multiple instances in which the performers union has clashed with the network.

“We find it troubling that a person and business with this type of track record would be recognized by the Ushcc, an organization that advocates for the Hispanic community,” said David White, national executive director of SAG-aftra.

Alarcón was honored on Oct. 2 with the Businessperson of the Year Award at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 40th anniversary National Convention in Albuquerque, N.M. White issued the request that the award be taken away on Friday in an email to Ramiro Cavazos, president and CEO of the chamber.

“I am writing to ask that the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce rescind its recognition of Raul Alarcón,” White said. “We feel that honoring
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New Orleans SAG-AFTRA Local Ordered To Re-Run Recent Election Over “Unlawful” Campaign Contributions

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Exclusive: The New Orleans local of SAG-AFTRA has been ordered to re-run its recent election. The order, handed down by the local’s election committee in a 12-page decision, found that the winning Nola Slate for Change candidates had accepted “unlawful contributions” from employers at a campaign event held on June 29. Matthew Modine, who finished second to Gabrielle Carteris for national SAG-aftra president, attended the event, and was endorsed by the Nola Slate for Change.

A protest filed with the election committee by several losing candidates alleged that a local distillery had provided the venue for the event, and the food and beverages that were served there. In its findings, the election committee wrote: “We conclude that there were improper employer contributions made that benefited the Nola Slate for Change, that these contributions violated the Election Policy and federal law, and that the violations may have affected the outcome of the election.
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How Hollywood’s Guilds Are Bracing for Crucial Negotiations in 2020

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How Hollywood’s Guilds Are Bracing for Crucial Negotiations in 2020
Despite much-publicized criticisms of their leadership, Gabrielle Carteris and David A. Goodman are still standing as the respective presidents of SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America after a contentious election period wrapped up last month. Both say their guilds are more than ready to stand together ahead of talks that could shape the future of Hollywood’s multiple streaming services. In the first half of 2020, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will sit down with all three of Hollywood’s major guilds and iron out new film and television contracts. The timing of these talks is particularly critical because they come as multiple companies prepare to launch new streaming services, all of which are relying on the production of exclusive content to sell to potential subscribers. Also Read: Gabrielle Carteris Wins Re-Election as SAG-aftra President, Beating Matthew Modine For WGA members, those talks also
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BH90210: Season Two? Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth Share Hopes for Fox Series Renewal

BH90210 just ended its first season, but will there be a second? Recently, stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the future of the Fox TV show.

The reunion series follows the stars of the original Beverly Hills 90210 as they "play highly fictionalized versions of themselves reuniting to reboot the original series." The cast includes Spelling, Garth, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, and Brian Austin Green.

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TV Ratings: ‘BH90210’ Finale Down 50% on Premiere

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The finale of “BH90210” didn’t exactly provide the cherry on top of the summer ratings cake that Fox was likely hoping for.

Last night’s episode came in at a 0.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and was watched by just over 1.9 million total viewers. While that represents a slight up tick in both metrics from last week’s season-low 0.6 rating and 1.89 million viewers, the finale was down more than 50% in both in rating and viewership from the season premiere.

The six-part Fox event series, which features original series cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty all back together again, saw a substantial ratings slide across its run. After debuting to a summer-topping 1.52 rating and just under 4 million total viewers, the series slid around 38% to a 0.95 in week 2, and then 16% to a 0.80 in week three. After a 35% decline
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Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on ‘BH90210’ Finale’s ‘Soapedy’ Cliffhanger, Their ‘Juicy’ Plans for a Season 2

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Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on ‘BH90210’ Finale’s ‘Soapedy’ Cliffhanger, Their ‘Juicy’ Plans for a Season 2
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the finale of “BH90210”)

Fox’s “BH90210,” ended Wednesday, revealing that the show’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” reboot got picked up to series — meaning that in-universe fans of Donna (Tori Spelling), David (Brian Austin Green), Kelly (Jennie Garth), Brenda (Shannen Doherty), Brandon (Jason Priestley), Steve (Ian Ziering) and Andrea (Gabrielle Carteris) will find out what the characters have been up to since the drama ended almost 20 years ago.

But in real life, fans of the meta-revival itself will have to wait to see if Fox orders a second season of “BH90210,” so they can find out what happens next with the “heightened” versions of Spelling, Green, Garth, Doherty, Priestley, Ziering and Carteris and their “90210” characters, who would live on via the reboot inside the show.

While we don’t have an answer for you yet on a renewal, we can tell you that
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SAG-AFTRA Developing Protocols For On-Set Intimacy Coordinators

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SAG-AFTRA has begun talks with intimacy coordinators to develop protocols covering on-set nudity and simulated sex scenes.

Earlier today, the union’s Sexual Harassment Work Group hosted many of the industry’s top intimacy coordinators to help work out those guidelines.

“Engaging directly with our member leaders and the community of trained and experienced intimacy coordinators is a milestone in developing the necessary road map for advocacy and safety on set,” said SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris. “This collaboration helps ensure that all voices in the industry are heard and will be reflected in the protocols.”

A statement released by the union said that “Today’s meeting showcased the extraordinary expertise of the intimacy coordinator community and provided a collaborative setting for discussion about the development of appropriate protocols to cover highly exposed work, including nudity, simulated sex and other intimate situations. Lively discussions and real-life examples were highlighted
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SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White Condemns “Threat” Against Gabrielle Carteris

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SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White has condemned a social media post that he described as a “threat” against Gabrielle Carteris, the union’s recently re-elected president.

“It has come to our attention that elected leaders have been threatened,” he said in an email to the guild’s board of directors. “The threats range from one leader who was approached, verbally assaulted and then followed by a fellow member, to the most recent example of certain members asserting via social media posts that we should ‘get rid of’ our president ‘once and for all’ accompanied by a violent video Gif depicting someone shooting up a room full of people.”

The tweet in question was posted on Saturday by actress Daria Rumi, which then was retweeted Sunday by Adam Nelson, the spokesman for defeated Membership First presidential candidate Matthew Modine. Nelson, who is a member of the union, has apologized,
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