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SAG members elect Ken Howard president

Ken Howard, candidate for SAG president
Ken Howard, candidate for SAG president
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Members of the Screen Actors Guild have elected Ken Howard as their new national president. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Brian Watt: Sixty-five-year-old Ken Howard starred in the 1970s TV series The White Shadow and just won an Emmy for his role in HBO’s Grey Gardens. Last year, he joined SAG’s national board of directors as part of a faction of moderates who seized a slim majority on the board and began challenging the Guild’s more militant national leadership. In victory, Howard acknowledged that infighting has plagued Guild over the last year.

Ken Howard: But with so much at stake now for performers, we have to find a way to harness our passions, to strengthen SAG rather than divide and weaken it. We need to remind ourselves that we’re on the same team, fighting for the same thing, and by pulling together, we’ll only grow stronger.

Watt: SAG members also elected Amy Aquino secretary-treasurer and added more moderates to national board. They’ve prioritized patching up the Guild’s relationships with other Hollywood unions, and eventually merging with SAG’s sister union, the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists.