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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Legendary Hollywood Producer ordered to pay $3M in harassment suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has ordered film producer Jon Peters to pay his former assistant more than $3 million after finding she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

The jury on Friday awarded Shelly Morita $822,000 in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages.

City News Service reports that Peters' attorneys plan to appeal the verdict.

Morita sued Peters five years ago, alleging he fondled her at his Malibu home and climbed into bed with her in an Australian hotel during the 2005 filming of "Superman Returns." She claimed that she couldn't find work in Hollywood after suing Peters because of his pull in the industry.

Peters [June 2, 1945 (age 66)] produced several acclaimed films, including "A Star Is Born," ''Flashdance," ''The Color Purple," ''Batman" and "Rain Man."


Jon Peters, Wikipedia

n November 2008, Peters was sued for sexual harassment by his Superman: Man of Steel co-producer Brian Quintana.

In December 2008, Peters sued his past President and General Counsel, Ronald Wayne Grigg. Peters accused Grigg of a campaign of deceit that included hiring an assistant with the company's money, stealing his computers, and drugging and raping two women on Peters' property.

Selected filmography as producer and executive producer

Shampoo (film)

Shampoo is a 1975 satirical film written by Robert Towne and directed by Hal Ashby. It stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant, Jack Warden, Tony Bill and in an early film appearance, Carrie Fisher.

The lead character, George Roundy, is reportedly based on several actual hairdressers, including Jay Sebring and film producer Jon Peters, who is a former hairdresser. Jay Sebring was brutally murdered by the Charles Manson family in 1969.

The film is set in 1968, the day Richard Nixon was first elected to the White House, and was released soon after the Watergate scandal had reached its messy conclusion. The political atmosphere provides a source of dramatic irony, since the audience, but not the characters, are aware of the direction the Nixon presidency would eventually take. However, the main theme of the film is not presidential politics but sexual politics; it is renowned for its sharp satire of late-1960s sexual and social mores.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stan Lee Media, Inc. files suit against 'Conan' by Annie Barrett

Aug 22 2011
Categories: Conan the Barbarian

Image Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Brian Andrew Mendoza

Stan Lee Media, Inc., a company founded by comic book legend Stan Lee, wants a judge to rule that it is still the rightful owner of the character Conan the Barbarian [NS: not creator Robert E. Howard's estate?].

In a lawsuit filed Aug. 19 in federal court in L.A. and obtained by EW, SLMI is demanding 100 percent of the film’s proceeds.

The company claims its bankruptcy in 2001 would have prevented anyone from taking the rights to the Conan character away. In the suit, Stan Lee Media, Inc. claims the company was betrayed by a former lawyer who made an illegal deal to transfer the rights to another company that would later green-light this summer’s Conan movie [starring Jason Momoa].

The poorly reviewed remake earned $10 million on its opening weekend, barely beating the debut of the original Conan the Barbarian in 1982.

[NS: Yeah, but I still want to see it; critics are often WRONG or too stupid to recuse themselves from giving their prejudiced opinion; when they know they hate an actor or the character.

The old film Conan's not the ultimate, not for me. I read the books and comics. The best thing was James Earl Jones and dancer Sandahl Bergman from 1982.]

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RIP Motown songwriting great Nick Ashford

Legendary songwriter Nick Ashord passed away on Monday. (AP Photo/Risasi Dais, File)
The AP reports: Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said.

We dug back into the Post archives to find a pair of articles from the 1970s about the author of songs such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Reach Out and Tough Somebody’s Hand” and “Solid As A Rock.”After the jump, read a 1973 review of Ashford & Simpsons’ first D.C. concert and also a 1977 profile of the duo in which they discuss trying to find a new audience and married life.

Rhythmic Debut

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the 10-year veteran songwriting team responsible for such rhythm ‘n’ blues hits as “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as well as most of the duet material recorded by Marvin Gaye and the late Tammi Terrell, made an impressive D.C. performance debut at the Cellar Door Sunday night.

Backed by a solid, strong, infectiously rhythmic quartet, with drummer Charles Collins and bassist Francisco Centeno especially effective, the pair sang an hour of material that had many in the largely black audience shouting out encouragement revival style and dancing in the aisles.

Although both performers were above-average singers, Miss Simpson was particularly powerful, striking a combination of the lyrical grace of Diana Ross and the spunky wailing of Mavis Staples. The duo’s songs, a blend of standard R ‘n’ B funk and gospel crooning, were well suited to their dramatically inflected style of singing.

— Tom Zito, Nov. 20, 1973


A Fusion of Forces

By Jacqueline Trescott, July 6, 1977

"They thought we needed some different exposure," Nick Ashford blurted out, explaining why he and Valerie Simpson, his partner in songwriting, producing, performing and living, are appearing with Boz Scaggs at the Merriweather Post Pavilion this week.

Simpson quickly interrupts. "No, it just was't they. It was a joint decision," she amended, as Ashford smiled. "We have been playing to a 70-30 black to white audience. And we are just doing what should come next, trying to attract a larger house, trying to reach an audience that's half black and white."

Any personal frustration is vigorously denied. "It's very natural to want to grow," said Simpson, her tiny legs tucked under her brown and white seersucker shorts. Both have shoulder-length hair: hers braided, his curled.

After forging much of the last '60s and early '70s rhythm and blues sound, most successfully with songs like "You're All I Need To Get By," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Ashford-Simpson sailed through the mid-'70s as financially secure artists, sought after as writers and performers. Yet, as their songs crossed over from the Marvin Gayes to the Donny Osmonds, their own records, such as their latest album "So So Satified" scored mainly with the soul and jazz-rock audience.

With their new direction, Ashford Simpson aren't abandoning the black market where their songs have sold 60 million copies. They have four songs on Marvin Gaye's latest album and "Reach Out and Touch" is now a standard in many black churches. But appearing with performers like Scaggs, a white rock singer who has built an even following among blacks and whites, is simply a test.

"In the future I think the labels on most pop music are going to go. Everyone keeps jumping into everyone else's space," said Simpson. "I agree," added Ashford, who then grimaced and aplogized. "I hope we don't sound like we are on quiz show. I agree, she agrees, bingo."

Obviously they are very compatible and view their joint careers as an extension of the good times together. "A fusion of forces," is the way Simpson described it. He called it "the flowing toward the color of her music, then the mutual understanding that that's something to say."

Three years ago Ashford and Simpson got married. It had been 10 years since their first hit. "Let's Go Get Stoned", Simpson laughed. "He takes an enormous time thinking. I'm very fast." They live on an 8-acre colonial estate in Connecticut and also have a townhouse in Manhattan that's decorated with art deco lamps. Dali drawings and Oriental rugs.

Despite the familiarities marriage brings, and the schedule a 2-year-old daughter enforces, Ashford-Simpsonsay they have maintained a spontaneity in their work.

"We still don't have a formula. I might think of a line or two. Valerie might hear me singing and try to catch up on the piano. But then I might hear her playing and come with an idea," said Ashford. "But I think marriage has changed my style of approach," Corrected Simpson, "What he means is that he used to have more time to do things on his own and we used to have a lot of extra lyrics.”

It all sounds too easy. Don't they ever fight? Doesn't he ever pull her braids? "Over dumb things," Ashford admitted, and she picked up the thought, "the one inherent problem we have is whose key it should be in."

By Click Track | 09:39 AM ET, 08/23/2011

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Rock 'n' roll great Jerry Leiber [half of Leiber and Stoller] dies at 78

Rock 'n' roll great Jerry Leiber dies at 78

Los Angeles - Rock 'n' roll pioneer [and Rock Hall legend] Jerry Leiber, who wrote some of the genre's most timeless hits from Hound Dog to Jailhouse Rock, died Monday [Aug 22, 2011] at the age of 78.

Leiber died of cardiopulmonary failure at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles surrounded by his family, his publicist Bobbi Marcus said.

Leiber, a lyricist, rose to fame with Elvis Presley's 1954 [remake] release of Hound Dog, which he co-wrote with his longtime partner Mike Stoller. Among their other iconic songs were the Ben E King [co-written] classics Stand By Me and Spanish Harlem and the Drifters' On Broadway. The song-writing duo had 15 number one hits for 10 artists.

'Together, they were an extraordinary team that generated a rich and diverse musical catalog that leaves an indelible imprint on our cultural history,' said Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.

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JHC!: French woman holidaying in Malaysia [murdered] 'killed for refusing sex'

A Malaysian man was charged Tuesday with the murder of a French tourist, a government prosecutor said, as a report quoted police saying the woman was killed after refusing his sexual advances.

Stephanie Foray, a 30-year-old civil servant, went missing in Malaysia in May and her remains were found earlier this month buried in a cave on the resort island of Tioman, off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia.

She and the suspect Asni Omar, a 36-year-old local businessman, had been drinking together on the island and she was later killed after refusing to have sex with him, the New Straits Times quoted police sources as saying.

Asni was charged with murder in a court in the town of Pekan, prosecutor Amalina Zainal Mokhtar told AFP, adding that he faced death by hanging if convicted.

He has not yet entered a plea, she said.

Asni earlier took investigators to a trash dumping site on Tioman to retrieve the murder weapon, a bottle, the New Straits Times said.

Amalina said she had no details on the alleged crime, while police declined to confirm specifics to AFP.

Foray had arrived in Malaysia on May 5 and went missing shortly after taking a ferry five days later to Tioman island.

She had left France last November on a holiday that took her to India and Sri Lanka before arriving in Malaysia.


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sightings: Stars and Directors in Cleveland OH USA

Cleveland, Ohio USA

  • Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly/Serenity): Directing Marvel's "The Avengers"
  • Samuel L. Jackson (everything): Character Nick Fury "The Avengers"
  • Rob Cohen (xXx, The Fast and the Furious): Directing "I, Alex Cross"
  • Tyler Perry (Madea film series): Character Alex Cross "I, Alex Cross"
  • Miss Cicely Tyson (Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Mrs. Miles Davis): Character Nana Mama "I, Alex Cross"
  • Ed Burns (Mr. Christy Turlington): character ?? "I, Alex Cross"

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Legendary Doctor Who actor who played The Brigadier opposite five Time Lords dies aged 81

By Daily Mail Reporter 23rd February 2011

Nicholas Courtney, known for decades for his role as The Brigadier in "Doctor Who," has died aged 81 after a long battle with cancer.

The actor featured in more than 100 episodes as Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, the chief of UNIT whose job it was to protect Earth against attack.

His friend Tom Baker, one of five Time Lords to star with Courtney, led the tributes today.

Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier with Dr Who Tom Baker in the Seventies. Courtney appeared in more than 100 episodes

Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier with Dr. Who Tom Baker in the Seventies. Courtney appeared in more than 100 episodes

'Of all the characters in Doctor Who there is no doubt he was the most loved by the fans for his wonderful portrayal of the rather pompous Brigadier,' said Baker, who played opposite him as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor.

The Brigadier, who first appeared in the Sixties, was a key figure in the adventures during Jon Pertwee's run as The Doctor, but the character appeared regularly opposite other Time Lords.

Courtney died yesterday in a north London hospice, with his wife Karen at his side.

His last official appearance in the show was in 1989, the year the series was cancelled. It was revived to a new level of popularity in 2005.

Courtney did reprise the role briefly - this time as Sir Alistair - in the 2008 spin-off children's series The Sarah Jane Adventures. But a stroke put paid to further appearances.

The Egypt-born star went to drama school after his national service and went into repertory theatre. In the Sixties he picked up a string of TV roles including appearances in The Saint, The Champions and The Avengers.

His first Doctor Who appearance was as a 'space security agent', but he went on to land the role as a Colonel, later promoted to The Brigadier in a story called The Invasion.

Tom Baker said today: 'He had a marvellous resonant voice which he used brilliantly when it was his turn to spin a yarn.

'And his background was fascinating too: born in Alexandria, Egypt, he was brought up speaking French and Arabic. Later he perfected English and after a few drinks he would speak in Latin tags to great comic effect.'

The Brigadier, played by Nicholas Courtney, was a key figure in the adventures during Jon Pertwee's run as The Doctor in the Sixties

The Brigadier, played by Nicholas Courtney, was a key figure in the adventures during Jon Pertwee's run as The Doctor in the Sixties

Baker said he visited Courtney only last week to say his goodbyes at the hospice.

'The lady in charge said he was very stoical. And indeed he was. It was so distressing to see him so weak and yet so strong in resignation. My jokes were received with a generous effort from Nick to smile.'

Writing in a newsletter on his website, Baker said: 'There was a certain innocence in his personality that was utterly endearing. He was very easy to tease, and I did my share, which made him shake his head in disbelief when he realised he had been had.'

As the Brigadier he was known for his suave appearance with a well-groomed moustache, and Courtney's association with the series continued when he became honorary president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society from 1997.

Later roles included appearances in shows such as All Creatures Great And Small, Yes, Prime Minister and Only Fools And Horses.

Others who paid tribute today included actor and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss who said he was 'desperately sad' to learn of the death.

'A childhood hero and the sweetest of gentlemen. Splendid chap. All of him,' he said.

Impressionist and Doctor Who buff Jon Culshaw said: 'Nicholas Courtney will be very much missed. A brilliant actor and warm, charming man.'

And film director Edgar Wright said: 'He was a true gent.'

Twice-married Courtney leaves two children, Philip and Bella, from his first marriage.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Did you know that: Oral Sex, even CUNNILINGUS CAN GET HER PREGNANT, when YOU DO IT WRONG...?

How good is your sex education?

Did you know that:


So, do you know how to PROTECT HER...?

* * * * * * * *

Can you improve your lovemaking with cunnilingus training? Of course you can. Read, learn, experiment....

You have a tongue and fingers, but is she really getting her FULL SATISFACTION from your lovemaking...?

Can you tell if she's satisfied, by more than her "yes" or "no" [if she's not too shy or fibbing]...?

How can you tell from HER SILENCE when she's REALLY SATISFIED...?


Do you know the ways to help her when she believes oral sex--especially cunnilingus--is "gross," "icky," or whatever...?

Do you know HOW TO COAX HER to enjoy your oral lovemaking...?

**If you none of these, or know some and want to learn more, so YOU'LL BECOME A BETTER, MORE POWERFUL LOVER--keep reading, my friend....

Think of "Neale Sourna's CuntSinger" as your personal Lowes Home improvement for cunnilingus!

Neale Sourna's CuntSinger

Cunnilingus: How to Give Head (Oral Sex and Eating Pussy), for Giving Women Orgasms of Cuntlicious Joy!

Table of Contents

Copyright © 2009 by Neale Sourna/PIE: Perception Is Everything's Clear Focus Imprint

Librarians-nonfiction: 1. Sexuality 2. Women-Sexual behavior 3. Marriage 4. Relationships-self-improvement 5. People with disabilities-Sexual behavior

Listen to Promo Then Listen to Neale on Tony Kay's Show at www.ArtistFirst.com talk about Neale Sourna's CuntSinger, about writing, about sexual and moral history and the sexually powerful words we fear to use (one hour, edited):

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"Making Love" IS NOT something you CARELESSLY do by rote HABIT.

"Making" is creation and building, as in creating a feeling in another that mixes with one of your own, and constructing lightly upon that to make an interweaving of senses and flavors and emotions.

"Love" is individual, alive, never-ending; even when it turns dark or distance. And darkness can be enjoyed and brought back into the light. And it's more than the physical, more than the emotion, there is spirit binding the both, uplifting them both to bliss. Even "perpetual bliss" as Faith Hill might sing.

So, "making love" can include more than kneeling like a "missionary," begging for it, and then "trying to control everything," and "stay on top of things"; but being oblivious of your partner's true needs.

Get your face in there and let your tongue do the your lovin'.


How many of us actually learned sex from a sex professional?

Most of us, and our parents, too, learned sexual "health"-lots of scary picture of syphilis we HAD to look at-from a gym teacher doing double duty in health class; or from some amateur lover a little farther ahead in the game, or more willing to experiment. Most of us definitely didn't have a professional whore or pimp or sex therapist in that health class. And it definitely wasn't called sex class, at all. I am, however, a professional writer in the sex and relations field, if get-ting paid counts. I believe that help should be more interesting than obvious, which is why I don't usually do nonfiction. But all love and lovemaking are a bit in the fiction field, though, aren't they?

Back to "talented, dedicated amateurs" versus "paid professionals."

Olympians and people you know, who can sing and dance wonderfully, may never have had full training or school learnin' or have been given a record deal, or a certificate for their wall that states that they are a "Sex Expert." Sometimes, they're much more interesting than those who have studied "by the book" or were sanctioned by some outside sanctioning group; but now have nothing new or fresh to add...[more

Read: CuntSinger-Sample.htm / CuntSinger-Sample.pdf

Because, DID YOU KNOW:

That, of a survey of 1102 women, a full 11% had NEVER had an orgasm. And that 46% of these women thought ALL MEN WERE SELFISH; while a high "79 percent thought only their husbands were selfish."


Plus, 56 % of these married women still believed the old beehive and sti-letto heels time's sexual propaganda that some women, many women are frigid, intentionally and stubbornly so, which was a standard 1950s-60s Cold War way to batter a woman, whether wife or passing partner, not sexually interested or satisfied, but unknowing how to correct it.

That "real women" aren't interested in sex, "only sluts."

Not realizing real, sweet and loving women were and are interested, but that the love her lover was making, is making to her or with her was ignorant, or inadequate to the task.

It was pleasure for everyone in the room, but her. [more...]

BANNED! "Neale Sourna's CuntSinger," a NEW BOOK on Cunnilingus Banned! By Other Writers

"Hey. Just got banned from my writer's group. Seems to be for promo-ing--which is allowed--with no more than the promo in the next column from 'Listen to Promo' down to sample doc. Must be the TITLE.

"Really, folks, it's not a foul word no more than calling someone a 'feminist' or an 'abortion doctor' or a 'dick'. People laugh when you call someone dick, it was a major run-on joke in 'Robocop' which tons of kids saw in the theater.

"And they make 'pussy' jokes on the sly, as well. So, what's the fuss?

"Well, cunt that.

"I've been banned on the internet. Again. By writers.

"Writers can be such pussies, except when they FINALLY stand up and WGA STRIKE. Hm, novelists and nonfiction types don't strike. Well, Pu-C's to that."

--Neale Sourna

CUNTSinger's Table of Content

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Music for licensing to film, site, etc.... by Armin Reynolds The Thundermaniac

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SAG Merger Skeptics Running for National Board (Exclusive)

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Scott Bakula, Esai Morales and Valerie Harper are among the candidates who have filed to compete in the union's upcoming election.

A dozen independent candidates described as opposed to – or at least skeptical of – SAG-AFTRA merger in the form currently evolving have filed to run in the upcoming SAG national board elections. The disclosure was made exclusively to THR by a recently-formed anti-merger group called Union Democracy Now, which said that the candidates had authorized it to share the information. However, at least one candidate denied he had given such permission or that he was opposed to merger.

Most of the candidates listed have previously served on the national board and previously ran under the banner of MembershipFirst, the group that controlled the national board from 2005-2008 under president Alan Rosenberg. However, this time, they are not running as a slate.

Several of the named candidates confirmed their candidacy to THR, but it was not possible to reach most of them. After this piece originally posted, one candidate, who declined to be named, insisted that he/she was not anti-merger, but suggested that he/she did not favor including non-actor members of AFTRA in a merger, and also raised a variety of other concerns. The candidate acknowledged that “merger skeptic” was a fair description of the candidate’s position.

After seeing the original piece, another candidate, Mapother, told THR that he was “Pro-AFTRA merger.” He said that he “would potentially support” a merger that included all AFTRA members, including newscasters and sound performers, as well as actors. He too raised a number of issues, and implied that he favored the current SAG approach to those matters over the AFTRA approach.

In a subsequent email, Mapother expanded on his position: “Including non-actors would not be a deal-breaker for me. Any disadvantage from it is likely outweighed by the potential gain from a merger.” Regarding UDN, he added, “I did not authorize UDN to give my name. I've never even heard of them (and) I'm somewhat less than flattered.”

MembershipFirst, under whose auspices both Mapother and the candidate who declined to be named previously ran, had been more harshly critical of AFTRA and spoke not of merger, but of simply ousting AFTRA from any jurisdiction over actors and acquiring that jurisdiction for SAG. Citing documents and legal decisions dating to the early 1950’s, MembershipFirst described SAG as the rightful home for such work: “there already is a single union for actors, and it’s the Screen Actors Guild,” is how one MF leader once expressed it.

For its part, AFTRA has made clear that any merged union must include all AFTRA members. That position – which AFTRA president Roberta Reardon has shorthanded as “all of us or none of us” – is part of the basis on which the merger plan between AFTRA and SAG is being developed.

Union Democracy Now, which has been regularly meeting since its formation a number of months ago, is opposed to merger, but emphasized that it (UDN) does not constitute a slate-making group. Indeed, although at least two of the candidates are part of UDN, most are not. Group members disagreed on whether the group wished to be described as endorsing the listed board candidates, or simply as “supportive” of or “recommending” the candidates.

Hillberg is also running for SAG president against current president Ken Howard and for secretary/treasurer against incumbent Amy Aquino, both of whom are leaders of the pro-merger Unite for Strength faction. Merger advocates – UFS, a Hollywood independent member, and the New York and regional branch board members – have had a majority on the SAG national board since fall 2008.

Multiple candidacy such as Hillberg’s is allowed under guild rules. If Hillberg wins multiple offices, he would have to choose one of them and forego the others.

There are generally 11 Hollywood-based seats up for election in any given year, and 22 alternate slots; this year’s exact figures are 12 and 22. Those numbers make 34 candidates a full slate, whereas there are at most 12 merger-skeptic candidates in the list cited by UDN.

The size of the UFS slate is not known. However, running on a pro-merger platform, the group has won increasingly large majorities since 2008, and last year gained control even of the Hollywood divisional board, which had long been controlled by the anti-merger MembershipFirst.

A joint SAG-AFTRA Group for One Union (G1) is currently developing the plan for merger of the two labor organizations, which is expected to be presented to the two unions’ memberships in February or March. Approval requires a 60% affirmative vote by each union.

In New York, a pro-merger slate called One Strong Union is running against the established United Screen Actors Nationwide group, which is also pro-merger. The OSU candidates are incumbents Justin Barrett, Andrew Dolan, Joe Narciso, Sam Robards and Matt Servitto, and new candidates Corey Anker, Kelly Deadmon, Jeff Gurner, Phoebe Jonas and Gy Mirano.

In addition, Robards is running for New York division president against the USAN-endorsed incumbent, Mike Hodge.

In an email, OSU said that its incumbents had “parted ways” with USAN based on the need for “fresh voices, . . . new perspectives, and a return to the principles upon which USAN was founded.” The group declined to explain further or otherwise comment.

There have been rumblings in the past among some New York board members and activists who have felt excluded from decision-making in the division’s boardroom. A source cited to THR a need for a “more transparent, more inclusive” board.

USAN was founded about ten years ago, and is a New York-based group despite the “Nationwide” in its name. As previously reported, its board slate this year is Manny Alfaro, Dave Bachman, Marc Baron, Lewis Black, Mark Blum, Rebecca Damon, Traci Godfrey, Ezra Knight, Jay Potter, John Rothman, and Kevin Scullin.

There are five open seats and nine alternate positions open in New York, meaning that neither faction is fielding a full slate. In both New York and Los Angeles, national board members plus alternates constitute the divisional board in addition to their national board role.

SAG has not yet released the official list of this year’s qualifying board candidates. That list is expected to be released this week. The ballot deadline is as yet unannounced, but is usually in late September.

To recap other previously reported union election news:

AFTRA convention delegates last weekend reelected Reardon by unanimous acclamation to a third two-year term as national president. Most of the other national officers were also reelected.

In June, the DGA re-elected Taylor Hackford to a second term as president by acclamation at the Guild’s National Biennial Convention. Steven Soderbergh was re-elected national vice president; Gilbert Cates, who formerly served two terms as president, was re-elected secretary-treasurer. Other officers and board members were elected as well.

Over at the WGA West, the officer candidates are as follows: President – Patric M. Verrone, Christopher Keyser; Vice President – Howard A. Rodman, John Aboud; Secretary-Treasurer – David N. Weiss (incumbent), Carl Gottlieb. The current president, writer-producer John Wells, is not seeking another term.

Verrone was president of the WGA West from 2005-2009 and organized and presided over the WGA’s 2007-2008 strike.

There are 18 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the guild’s board: Anthony Sparks, Billy Ray (inc.), Jay Kogen, Thania St. John, Michael Oates Palmer, David S. Goyer, Nelson Soler, Alfredo Barrios, Jr., Jeff Lowell (by petition), Ian Deitchman (inc.), Carleton Eastlake (inc.), Barbara E. Nance, Ari B. Rubin, John Brancato, Linda Burstyn (inc.), Mark Alton Brown, Nell Scovell, Dan Wilcox (inc.). WGAW rules require candidates to be announced in an order determined by lot.

In New York, the WGA East previously announced its officer and Council candidates; two-term president Michael Winship is running unopposed for reelection.


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