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SAG-AFTRA AT FILM, TV AND NEW MEDIA LEGAL PANEL S AG-AFTRA Senior Counsel Sarah Tarlow, based in the New York Local oice, represented the union on a panel before the New York City Bar Association Entertainment Law Committee on Feb. 11. he panel, Hot Topics for the Entertainment Guilds in Film, Television and New Media, included Tarlow and representatives from AEA, AFM, IATSE and WGA, East. hey spoke about the challenges entertainment unions face as new distribution channels for media continue to emerge and new genres of programming become more popular. Panelists spoke about eforts to obtain protections and fair compensation for SAG-AFTRA members, and to expand organizing eforts. In particular, Tarlow emphasized some of the challenges performers face in reality television and the obstacles multimedia journalists confront. She also discussed the recent organizing successes of SAG-AFTRA with music video performers and with broadcasters at KPCC in Los Angeles. NEW YORK LOCAL HOSTS LABOR LEADERS On April 16, SAG-AFTRA's New York Host Committee held a reception at the 360 Madison Avenue oice for labor leaders from the entertainment community. he event brought together elected members and staf from labor organizations, including Actors Equity, IATSE and the New York City Central Labor Council to discuss labor issues and celebrate New York's entertainment industry — one of the most highly unionized industries in the city and the country. SAG-AFTRA national oicers and staf attended the reception, including Co-Presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon. New York Front row, from left, New York Local Co-President Mike Hodge, National Co-President Ken Howard and IATSE Local 798 Secretary/Treasurer Cindy Gardner; second row from left, New York Local Co-1st Vice President Anne Gartlan, New York Local Board members Janette Gautier and Maureen Donnelly, former SAG New York Branch President Bob Kaliban, National Co-President Roberta Reardon and New York Local Board member leslie Shreve NEW MEMBER ORIENTATIONS FOR ALL NEW YORK LOCAL MEMBERS DONOR DRIVE Members attend an orientation at the Leon Janney Boardroom at 360 Madison. N ew York Local members attended new member orientations on Nov. 28 and March 21. New member Regina Pasqualino was impressed with the amount of information given out in the two-hour orientation. "I had no idea about all the committees available for my career needs: Audiobooks, MOVE and MORE, Open Door, New York Conservatory," she said. "hese are enormously valuable to me." Orientations are open to all members, regardless of whether they just joined or have been a member for years. Any member who has questions or wants to learn more about the large number of services available to New York Local members is encouraged to attend. For information about the next new member orientation in New York visit On March 14, SAG-AFTRA leadership and members attended a bone marrow donor registry drive at the New York Local, held in conjunction with the Be The Match registry ( to support New York Local Co-President Holter Graham and others fighting blood and bone cancers, such as Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. For more information visit | Spring 2013 | SAG-AFTRA 41

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