SAG prexy sets talk with Bush

Gilbert to discuss Guild's legislative agenda

SAG prexy Melissa Gilbert will have the ear of President Bush next week.

Gilbert and Pamm Fair, Deputy National Executive Director for Planning and External Affairs, have been slotted for a Sept. 17 meeting with Bush to discuss the Guild’s legislative agenda. According to Fair, those issues will include runaway production, copyright protection and vertical integration.

The meeting was arranged after Gilbert had been invited to the White House by First Lady Laura Bush for a ceremony honoring female Western authors.

SAG has backed legislation to fight runaway production through wage-based tax credits. A California bill that would have generated $650 million in credits died in late August but two pieces of federal legislation introduced last year remain alive.

SAG’s board also voted last year to back a controversial push for penalties against producers who use Canadian subsidies, but the petition has been withdrawn.

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