Working Alliance eyes top SAG post

Coalition looking for seed money

HOLLYWOOD — Working Actors Unite, a six-month-old coalition started by voiceover performers, has announced plans to run a candidate for SAG presidency this fall along with a slate for the Guild’s board.

WAU made the announcement in a solicitation to SAG members, seeking participation and financial support. “Our immediate need is for seed money,” said co-founder Keri Tombazian. “We will be producing flyers, visiting sets, placing ads, holding actor-community meetings and helping to shepherd working actors into the service of the guild.”

WAU emerged during the last months of SAG’s strike against advertisers with the goal of boosting participation on the SAG board by members who were actively working. It also was a rallying point for voiceover performers who were dissatisfied with what they perceived as SAG’s hard line at negotiations.

SAG prexy William Daniels, who was backed by the Performers Alliance, has not yet indicated if he will seek a second term and no other candidate has yet emerged. The PA did not campaign for board seats last fall because of the strike, while WAU candidates won five of 25 open board seats.

WAU-endorsed candidates won 26 of 34 offices and board seats it sought during December’s elections for the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists while the PA won four of the 11 slots it was seeking.

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