July 29, 2013 | 07:30AM PT
Union’s merger campaign logo to remain for now
Saturday’s meeting included reports from co-president Roberta Reardon, co-secretary-treasurers Amy Aquino and Matt Kimbrough and national exec director David White. Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland reported the union’s foreign royalties program has distributed more than $17.5 million to performers since inception.
That figure is $3.5 million higher than what SAG-AFTRA disclosed in May, when it said that it had distributed over $14 million in foreign royalties. The earlier dislosure came in response to the filing of a lawsuit by 16 members of SAG-AFTRA — including former SAG president Ed Asner — alleging extensive misconduct in its handling of foreign levies and residuals they are owed as part of $110 million held in trust by the union.
SAG-AFTRA has denied any wrongdoing and asserted that, were it not for SAG-AFTRA efforts, the money would otherwise go uncollected.
The SAG-AFTRA national board is controlled by the self-styled moderates who successfully pushed for merger. Exec VP Ned Vaughn, the public voice for the Unite For Strength faction for the past five years, has decided not to seek re-election.
“I’m so grateful for the past five years,” he told the board. “I have truly learned and grown through my union service. Together we made history and created an organization that will benefit performers for years to come. I feel lucky to have been part of it and want to thank you not just for your leadership, but also your friendship.”
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* The above photo is our rendition of what an appropriate logo for SAG Actors might of looked like.