Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Ashley Cullins on May 14, 2021.
SAG-AFTRA’s longtime National Executivce Director David White will step down this spring, after 12 years in the role, the guild announced on Friday.
White, who took his post as the guild’s chief negotiator in 2009, oversaw the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA, developed agreements for new media sectors to address digital era work, helped modernize payment and contract systems, and, along with SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, led SAG-AFTRA’s efforts to combat sexual harassment through new protocols, guidelines and rules.
“David has been an invaluable advocate for our members and deserves immense credit for SAG-AFTRA’s success over the past decade,” said Carteris in a statement. “He brought us out of a dark time and into a period of stability and tremendous accomplishment. I know personally that David has been offered numerous opportunities to leave SAG-AFTRA over the years, and I will forever be grateful that he made the decision to stay and see us through the most challenging days of the pandemic.” …