Tuesday, January 27, 2009

SAGs Doug Allen Gonzo!!

Wow! A day of interesting news all the way around.

LOS ANGELES: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) sacks national executive director, Doug Allen, splitting the position into two separate posts.

Former Guild general counsel David White takes over as interim national executive director, while longtime Guild senior advisor John T. McGuire serves as chief negotiator. SAG also replaced its TV/theatrical negotiating committee with a taskforce directed to complete its current negotiations on behalf of the board of directors. All changes are effective immediately.

This opens the way for a more settled industry especially at this time of international uncertainty. This definitely was not the time to play chicken with the industry! Perhaps now a three year contract can be reached with an agreement to reopen the internet discussion then. There should be some sort of track record established by then that can be used for a more positive set of negotiations.

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