The Screen Actors Guild on Thursday announced results of national board elections, filling 27 seat openings, and paving the way for possible merger with the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists in the process.
The election further burnished the majority for moderate, pro-merger guild party Unite for Strength, with all 13 candidates elected to Hollywood Division seats belonging to that coalition.
Among those elected candidates were "Hellboy" and "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Jeff Garlin.
Overall, it was a third straight September-election setback for the more activist Membership First coalition, which lost another 13 seats nationally — including the one belonging to former national president Alan Rosenberg.
Unite for Strength, meanwhile, which is pushing for the eventual merger of SAG with the AFTRA, has been steadily gaining seats for the last two years. It now controls 75 percent of the Hollywood division's voting power.
“SAG members have spoken decisively and what they’re saying couldn’t be more clear — they voted for merger,'' SAG national president Ken Howard said in a statement. "I’m looking forward to working with all the re-elected and newly elected board members, and our partners at AFTRA, to make one union happen.”
On Monday, SAG will begin negotiations with studio and network employers on a new TV/Theatrical deal, working alongside AFTRA.
Overall, 27 of the 69 national seats were open for vote.
National board members elected to the Hollywood Division included Perlman, Garlin, Jason George, Gabrielle Carteris, Clyde Kusatsu, Marisol Nichols, Marcia Strassman, Jenny O'Hara, Dawnn Lewis, Clark Gregg, Michael O'Keefe, L. Scott Caldwell and D.W. Moffett.
National board members elected to the New York division included Nancy Giles, Richard Masu, Maureen Donnelly, Sue-Anne Morrow and Mike Hodge.
Here's the full release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD ANNOUNCES
RESULTS OF 2010 NATIONAL BOARD ELECTIONS
Los Angeles (September 23, 2010)—Screen Actors Guild today announced elections results for the Guild’s National Board of Directors. Twenty-seven (27) of the 69 National Board seats were open for election this year, representing Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York and Regional Branch Divisions. The newly elected National Board members will assume office on September 25. SAG’s Hollywood Division elected thirteen new National Board members; the New York Division elected five members; and nine National Board members were elected from the union’s Branches in Arizona, Chicago, Florida, Georgia, Houston, New Mexico, San Francisco, Seattle and Utah.
National Board members elected from the Hollywood Division (top 11 – three-year terms, next 2 – one-year terms): Ron Perlman, Jason George, Gabrielle Carteris, Jeff Garlin, Clyde Kusatsu, Marisol Nichols, Marcia Strassman, Jenny O’Hara, Dawnn Lewis, Clark Gregg, Michael O’Keefe, L. Scott Caldwell, and D. W. Moffett.
The following were elected to serve as National Board alternates and to the Hollywood Division Board of Directors (all one-year terms). Sam Jaeger, Michael O’Neill, Bill Smitrovich, Ned Vaughn, Christine Lakin, Woody Schultz, Mimi Cozzens, Tara Radcliffe, Patrick Fabian, Donal Logue, Stacey Travis, Esai Morales, Ellen Crawford, Assaf Cohen, Mandy Steckelberg, Conrad E. Palmisano, Michelle Allsopp, Jon Huertas, Valerie Harper, Gilles Marini, Sarayu Rao, and Bertila Damas.
National Board members elected from the New York Division (all three-year terms): Nancy Giles, Richard Masur, Maureen Donnelly, Sue-Anne Morrow, and Mike Hodge.
The following were elected to serve as National Board alternates and to the New York Division Board of Directors (all one-year terms). Manny Alfaro, Justin Barrett, Marc Baron, Jay Potter, Kevin Scullin, John Rothman, Joe Narciso, Dave Bachman, and Andrew Dolan.
National Board members elected from the Regional Branch Division: Steven A. Fried (Arizona – three-year term), Todd Hissong (Chicago – three-year term), Nancy Duerr (Florida – three-year term), Debra Nelson (Georgia – three-year term), Robert Nelson (Houston – one-year term), Roy Costley (New Mexico – three-year term), Tom Chantler (San Francisco – three-year term), Abby Dylan (Seattle – three-year term) and Anne Sward (Utah – three-year term).
Ballots for all eligible SAG members in Hollywood and New York were mailed on August 24 with a September 23 return deadline and were tabulated today by the independent election company Integrity Voting Systems. A total of 12,211 ballots were tabulated in the Hollywood Division (representing 22.39% percent of ballots mailed in the Hollywood Division) and 4,445 ballots were tabulated in the New York Division (representing 19.66 percent of ballots mailed in the New York Division). The number of ballots returned in the Regional Branch elections varied by region.
2010 SAG Hollywood Division Election Results
2010 SAG New York Division Election Results
2010 SAG Regional Branch Division Election Results
2010 SAG Chicago Branch Election Results
2010 SAG Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch Election Results
2010 SAG Hawaii Branch Election Results
2010 SAG Nevada Branch Election Results
2010 SAG Philadelphia Branch Election Results
2010 SAG Washington, D.C./Baltimore Branch Election Results
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