SAG votes Vaughn to 1st VP post

He succeeds Anne-Marie Johnson

Ned Vaughn, a leader of the Unite for Strength faction, has been elected to succeed Anne-Marie Johnson as first VP of the Screen Actors Guild.

The Hollywood division board, which has shifted to a moderate majority in the wake of last month’s elections, selected Vaughn at its meeting Monday evening. Johnson, a leader of the Membership First faction, had held the post for the past two years as the lead officer of the Hollywood division. She had already announced that she wouldn’t seek the slot again.

About 60% of SAG’s 120,000 members are part of the Hollywood division.

In the past two years, Vaughn has been the public voice of the self-styled moderates of Unite for Strength. The faction swept the recent elections in the Hollywood Division over the more assertive Membership First group, with Vaughn finishing 18th out of 75 candidates.

Unite for Strength has gained traction in the past three elections by pushing hard for a merger with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists to form a single performers’ union.

Vaughn said in a statement that he’d continue pushing merger.

“Our recent board election made it clear: Hollywood members overwhelmingly want performers in one union, not divided in two,” he said. “I’ll work hard to advance that goal and to make progress in every aspect of protecting our members.”

SAG’s New York division board, which reps about 25% of members, re-elected division president Mike Hodge to the post of 2nd VP.

Vaughn’s credits include “Frost/Nixon” and “Courage Under Fire.”

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