Moderates solidify control in Screen Actors Guild board elections
"Hellboy" and "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman and a band of like-minded actors thrashed their opponents in Screen Actors Guild board elections Thursday night.
The actors, who campaigned on merging with the smaller American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, won all 13 Hollywood board seats up for grabs, giving the self-styled moderates an even stronger majority on the 69-member national board.
The results will give further momentum toward combining the two actors unions, a longstanding agenda of the moderates, who also won another 14 board seats from the union's New York and regional divisions.
The candidates were part of a group that soundly defeated a faction that lost control of the board last year and has been staunchly opposed to merging with AFTRA, which also represents broadcasters, recording artists and disc jockeys.
They back current SAG President Ken Howard, who on Monday will join AFTRA President Roberta Reardon to begin negotiating a new film and prime-time television contract with the major studios.
“SAG members have spoken decisively and what they’re saying couldn’t be more clear – they voted for merger,'' Howard said in a statement. "I’m looking forward to working with all the re-elected and newly elected board members, and our partners at AFTRA, to make one union happen.”
-- Richard Verrier