Summer 2018

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Page 26 of 57 | Summer 2018 | SAG-AFTRA 25 Scene Around REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS From left, SAG-AFTRA Chief Communications & Marketing Officer Pamela Greenwalt, National Executive Director David White, Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon, and former National Board member Lewis Black attend the July 12 New York premiere of the HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. The screening, hosted by HBO and SAG-AFTRA, took place in the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Robin Williams Center for Entertainment and Media. MEMBERS, STAFF LAUDED FOR PROMOTING THE INDUSTRY TONY TIME FOR SAG-AFTRA LEADERS SAG-AFTRA L.A. Local and national leadership flocked to Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center for The Actors Fund's 22nd Annual Tony Awards viewing party on June 10. Attendees enjoyed a live broadcast of the awards ceremony from New York City and celebrated the evening's honoree, writer Winnie Holzman. From left, Los Angeles Local Board member Kate Linder; Los Angeles Local 1st Vice President Patricia Richardson; National Women's Committee Co-Chair L. Scott Caldwell; former National Board member Jeff Austin; President Gabrielle Carteris; Vice President, Los Angeles Clyde Kusatsu; Secretary-Treasurer and Los Angeles Local President Jane Austin; and former Los Angeles Local Board member Kurt Lott. JANETTE PELLEGRINI/GETTY IMAGES From left, SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local Executive Director Melissa Goodman, SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local President Ric Reitz, casting director Shay Bentley-Griffin and SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local Board member Wilbur Fitzgerald. T he Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented its 2018 Governor's Award to a group that included SAG-AFTRA local members and staff for their successful advocacy of the 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, the tax incentives that made Atlanta a production powerhouse. At the June 16 soiree, SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local President Ric Reitz, Local Board member Wilbur Fitzgerald, Local Executive Director Melissa Goodman and casting director Shay Bentley-Griffin were presented the award for "outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry." Each of the recipients has been working to promote production in the state for more than 20 years. The Academy stated, "Their vision has brought thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact to Georgia. As importantly, this group of innovators has ignited the Southeast's creative class by sparking a blockbuster-sized interest in Georgia- made productions. They are a catalyst for positive change. Their impact on television and movies made in the South will be felt for generations on screen and on resumes."

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