Members of the Animation Guild have replaced their longtime business rep Steve Hulett with Jason MacLeod, a Disney Animation Lighting Artist.

Hulett is retiring after serving in the post since 1989 for the guild, which operates as Local 839 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The guild represents about 2,500 animation artists, writers and technicians and has contracts with Disney, DreamWorks, Fox TV, Nickelodeon, Sony and Warner Bros.

“I’m very honored to be elected to represent the membership” said MacLeod. ” “Animation in all forms is doing spectacularly well in the marketplace – but this hasn’t translated to a work-life balance our members are happy with.  I look forward to partnering with the Executive Board, listening to our members concerns, and working in union to achieve our goals in the next contract cycle.”

Hulett spent a decade as an animation writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the 1970s and 1980s. He took over the job from Harry Hester, also a long-time Disney employee in animation.

“Jason has a big job ahead of him,” Hulett said. “The Guild has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and animation continues to be a red hot sector of the entertainment industry.  There will be plenty of challenges ahead, but I know Jason is up to them.”

Employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studios  ratified a new two-year contract on Nov. 8. The new collective bargaining agreement covers about 240 employees and  includes 10 sick days per year and contains the gains in the 2015 agreement between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers including 3% wage minimum increases, and hikes in the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan, in addition to larger pension and health plan contributions.