Outlook Murky for SAG-AFTRA Talks If David White Leaves for NBPA Post

He’s been national executive director of SAG-AFTRA since 2009, so you can’t really call David White’s possible exit from that post in the next few months a fast break.

White emerged in mid-February as a finalist for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. along with Washington, D.C.-based trial attorney Michele Roberts. White told the national board at that point that no decision had been made, and that SAG-AFTRA would be in good hands if he did leave.

The NBPA has stayed mum, and is expected to wait until the end of the playoffs in June before announcing a decision. Under that scenario, there would be time for White to lead SAG-AFTRA negotiations with producers on a successor deal. Sources agree White is the front-runner to fill the NBPA slot, vacated last year when Billy Hunter was fired for alleged financial malfeasance.

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA’s general counsel and chief operating officer, is the front-runner to succeed White. He’s been the No. 2 exec since White was hired and, like White, is low-key with an extensive legal background.

The buttoned-down approach of both men carries clout with the union’s elected leadership, which has preached pragmatism during White’s tenure. Crabtree-Ireland began working for SAG in 2000.

Other possibilities include Ray Rodriguez, national exec contracts director since 2007; senior adviser John McGuire; and Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, the national exec director of AFTRA before it merged with SAG, who is currently heading the American Youth Soccer Organization.

SAG-AFTRA is not expected to hire a search firm as it did in 2006 when SAG hired former NFL player Doug Allen. Allen was replaced by White three years later.

More Biz

  • Pink Slime ABC News

    Disney Takes Insurer AIG to Court Over 'Pink Slime' Defamation Settlement

    He’s been national executive director of SAG-AFTRA since 2009, so you can’t really call David White’s possible exit from that post in the next few months a fast break. White emerged in mid-February as a finalist for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. along with Washington, D.C.-based trial attorney Michele Roberts. White […]

  • Which Pop Culture Halloween Costume Would

    Poll: Which Pop Culture Halloween Costume Would You Wear This Year?

    He’s been national executive director of SAG-AFTRA since 2009, so you can’t really call David White’s possible exit from that post in the next few months a fast break. White emerged in mid-February as a finalist for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. along with Washington, D.C.-based trial attorney Michele Roberts. White […]

  • Alyssa Milano

    Alyssa Milano on #MeToo Campaign: 'I Wanted to Take the Focus Off the Predator'

    He’s been national executive director of SAG-AFTRA since 2009, so you can’t really call David White’s possible exit from that post in the next few months a fast break. White emerged in mid-February as a finalist for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. along with Washington, D.C.-based trial attorney Michele Roberts. White […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein Resigns From Weinstein Co. Board as Company Struggles to Survive

    He’s been national executive director of SAG-AFTRA since 2009, so you can’t really call David White’s possible exit from that post in the next few months a fast break. White emerged in mid-February as a finalist for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. along with Washington, D.C.-based trial attorney Michele Roberts. White […]

  • Bob Greenblatt NBC

    Robert Greenblatt on the Importance of Speaking Up and Making Voices Heard

    He’s been national executive director of SAG-AFTRA since 2009, so you can’t really call David White’s possible exit from that post in the next few months a fast break. White emerged in mid-February as a finalist for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. along with Washington, D.C.-based trial attorney Michele Roberts. White […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content