Call for Unity from new SAG Interim NED David White; Membership First counter-attacks

SAG’s new Interim NED is out with a letter calling for unity at the Guild.

Of course that will require agreement across SAG’s factions on a comprehensive strategic plan to lead the Guild forward.

Whether that is what White has in mind remains to be seen.

Clearly, the Membership First crowd is wary as indicated in this interview with SAG VP Anne Marie Johnson with Backstage’s Strike Watch blogger Andrew Salomon.

On KPCC this morning Anne Marie Johnson called David White a “Pisano clone” who intends to weaken SAG in a coup which will lead to a merger with AFTRA, which she called a weak union. (Pisano, of course, refers to Bob Pisano who was NED of SAG for several years. Pisano had been a senior partner at O’Melveny and Myers, a leading LA law firm that represents the studios. White started his career as an associate working with Pisano who recruited him to join him at SAG.)

Of course, AFTRA has made inroads into cable TV recently and that has SAG concerned. It suggests that a merger may no longer be in the interests of AFTRA as it might have been a few years ago.

That means, of course, that the fears of a merger are likely over blown but it also means that the new board majority at SAG may be on its own for quite some time.