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The union’s national board made the decision Saturday in a vote by acclamation. Carteris has been serving as acting president since Howard’s death.
She had been re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in October, topping Patricia Richardson.
The SAG-aftra Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will succeed the president should the office be vacated with the national board then selecting the president to serve the balance of the unexpired term.
SAG-aftra’s next election will take place in August 2017.
“I am deeply honored to be chosen by the SAG-aftra National Board to serve the union and its members as president,” said Carteris. “Ken was a great union leader, »
- Dave McNary
A Change.org petition drive was launched Thursday for Richardson to replace Howard. Richardson received 46% of the vote last August in a spirited electoral challenge to Howard, who died on Wednesday.
But Richardson told Variety that she was not comfortable with taking that course.
“While I really do appreciate the sentiments of the members asking me to run as the next President of SAG-aftra my feeling is that when the members elected Ken Howard they also endorsed his party and their philosophy,” she said.
“Therefore it seems right to me that Gabrielle Carteris, who is our Executive Vice President and current acting President should assume the rest of Ken’s term as President at our upcoming Board meeting. Gabrielle shares Ken’s beliefs and worked closely with him. »
- Dave McNary
The union’s national board, which holds four meetings a year, will determine who succeeds Howard for the remaining 17 months rest of his term.
Carteris was re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in September. The SAG-AFTRA Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will assist the president in the governance of the union and will succeed the president should the office be vacated.
“In the event the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the Executive Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President set forth in this Constitution until the next meeting of the National Board, which shall elect from eligible members a President to serve the »
- Dave McNary
SAG and AFTRA’s health plans are on track to be combined by January, according to the top trustee of the AFTRA plan.
If the merger goes through, it would come five years after members of SAG and AFTRA voted to merge into a single performers union with about 160,000 members. Merger supporters asserted repeatedly in the run-up to the vote that the merging would enable the two health plans to become one, making coverage more available to members.
Disney/ABC labor relations executive Marc Sandman made the disclosure on March 11 at a UCLA law school symposium, according to several people familiar with the situation. Sandman is the co-chair of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds board of trustees.
“There is under way a merger of the health plans,” Sandman said. “There is an expectation that it will be complete as of January next year.”
Sandman refused a request by Variety to amplify the statement, »
- Dave McNary
ABC has been the top-rated network among young adults on Fridays this season, but the network’s lineup took a hit last night — and Netflix’s reboot of “Full House” may be partially to blame.
Netflix, of course, doesn’t release ratings data, but it only stands to reason that a much-anticipated reboot of a popular ABC comedy that aired mostly on Fridays during its lengthy run would impact television ratings the day (which happened to be a Friday) it was released. The streaming company released all 13 episodes early Friday morning, but it’s likely that it wasn’t until Friday night that many got their first chance to relax and unwind with the new installments.
“Fuller House” has generated significant social-media buzz ever since the project was officially announced last April. In December, Netflix released the first trailer for “Fuller House,” which racked up 5.5 million YouTube views in its »
- Rick Kissell
I know, I know. People need to stop calling every time two cast members see each other in public a “reunion”. However, I think if anything qualifies, it’s the on-screen reunion of Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson. Richardson, who played Jill Taylor on the long running sitcom Home Improvement, is making her second trip to Last Man Standing, and has never lost the chemistry she has with Allen. “Tanks for the Memories”, which presented the second reunion for Allen in two weeks, was another strong installment of the show in which they’ve proved why this show has so much staying power. This week on Last
Last Man Standing Review: Tanks, Yelp, and a Home Improvement Reunion »
- Nick Hogan
There are a lot of things we have to wonder about Home Improvement since it ended back in the day. How are Jonathan Taylor Thomas and his gorgeous hair doing? Will there ever be a reunion show? Has she seen Tim Allen since his tool man days? Lucky us, Patricia Richardson, answered those questions in a recent Reddit Ama. As you know, Patricia played Jill Taylor (best TV mom ever) on the show. We've got the highlights, and, of course, the dish on what Jtt has been up to since we all had his poster in our locker. Read on for some very interesting facts you may not have known about your favorite childhood show! One Redditor asked if she was feeling a little "checked out" by the 7th »
20 years ago today, Trainspotting began winning over audiences on its way to becoming a breakout British hit. The film, about drug addiction in Edinburgh, was released in the U.K. and Ireland on this day in 1996, and a U.S. release followed that summer. The film launched Ewan McGregor into international stardom — he was cast in the Star Wars prequels shortly afterward. Trainspotting was his second team-up with director Danny Boyle, following Boyle’s feature debut, Shallow Grave. Boyle went on to earn Oscar attention for Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Diane, the teenager McGregor’s character becomes entangled with, was played by Kelly Macdonald, who turned 20 on the day of Trainspotting’s U.K./Ireland release. Boyle is currently working on a Trainspotting sequel that he plans to shoot later this year. Other notable February 23 happenings in pop culture history: • 1939: At the 11th Academy Awards, Frank Capra film You »
- Emily Rome
SAG-aftra and the advertising industry are quietly launching commercial contract talks Wednesday, seven weeks before the current master contract expires on March 31.
Both sides have declined to comment on the talks, which will take place in New York City, and have already agreed to a news blackout until there’s a deal in place.
The current contract covers roughly $1 billion in annual earnings for performers — but the union has made only limited efforts to mobilize its 165,000 members about the issues. It campaigned between October and January against ad agency Droga5 using SAG-aftra members for non-union ads, an assertion that the agency said was not true, then dropped off a petition with 8,000 signatures at the agency’s headquarters.
SAG-aftra-elected leaders also conducted a required series of “wages and working conditions” meetings with members in the fall to hammer out a bargaining proposal. But it has not disclosed any of the »
- Dave McNary
Step aside, Toolman - Randy Taylor is is in charge now. Jonathan Taylor Thomas has already reunited with his former on-screen dad Tim Allen on Last Man Standing four times, but now the tables have turned as the former child star is stepping behind the camera to direct an episode. People has an exclusive First Look at Friday's episode of the Jtt-helmed episode of the ABC sitcom.In the episode titled "Eve's Band," Mike (Allen) tries to break-up his daughter Eve's (Kaitlyn Dever) new band because they sound horrible; however, his plan backfires. Flashback Of course, this isn't Thomas' first »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
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