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SAG group announces slate

July 23, 2009 |  8:36 pm

Howard Ken Howard is running for president of the Screen Actors Guild as head of the Unite for Strength ticket, the group of moderates seeking to strengthen their hold on the national board.

A current Emmy nominee for best supporting actor in HBO's "Grey Gardens," Howard's career has spanned four decades. (Avid television viewers may recall him from his role as a retired professional basketball player who takes a job as a head coach of a Los Angeles high school in the late 1970s series, "The White Shadow.") He is joined on the slate of 33 nominees by Amy Aquino, a candidate for secretary-treasurer.

"With increasing consolidation of media companies and new technologies transforming our business, we will pay dearly if we're not smart and strategic about our future," Howard said. "I'm running for president as a Unite for Strength candidate because I believe the only way actors will get our fair share of the pie is if we're united both internally and with our labor partners."

This coalition of self-described moderates were behind the January ouster of the Union's executive director, Doug Allen, whom they accused of mishandling negotiations with the major Hollywood studios and dividing the 120,000-member union.

--Dawn C. Chmielewski

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