Ken Howard. president, Screen Actors Guild

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Executives

“We should have done this a long time ago,” Howard says of SAG’s proposed merger with AFTRA. “The destructive drama we all lived through in 2008 simply wouldn’t have happened if we had already been one union.”

Given the ticking clock before January’s target deadline for finalizing a proposal, the SAG prexy is trying to make up for lost time and persuade holdouts of the true cost of being divided. With an assist from key SAG players including Amy Aquino, Ned Vaughn, Mike Hodge and David Hartley Margolin, the former “White Shadow” star has largely sold his union on the benefits of “maximum bargaining strength” amid a shifting landscape.

“Most members, and certainly the leaders, are very clear that the industry is changing and see this as a valuable opportunity to adapt and make ourselves stronger,” he says.

KEY DEAL: Merging SAG with AFTRA.

SPARE TIME: “What down time?As long as I get to spend regular time with my wife, Linda, and our dogs, I’m happy staying busy.”

TOP CAUSES: SAG Foundation, the Actors Fund, the Onyx & Breezy Foundation, National Kidney Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Assn.

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