Duncan Crabtree-Ireland will likely be SAG-AFTRA’s subsequent nationwide govt director and chief negotiator, succeeding David White when he steps down from the submit on June 21. The promotion of Crabtree-Ireland, the union’s longtime second-in-command, was authorized at the moment at a particular assembly of the nationwide board of administrators, which additionally authorized his new three-year contract. His promotion was authorized by 64.82% of the board members, with 35.18% opposed.
Crabtree-Ireland has been the union’s normal counsel since 2006 and its chief working officer since 2014, and he beforehand served because the Screen Actors Guild’s deputy nationwide govt director.
White introduced on May 14 that he could be stepping down from the job he’s held since 2009, telling Deadline that the choice to go away “was hard, but this is a natural inflection point. I wanted to make sure we got through the darkest period of the pandemic. Once past that, I knew that it was time.”
David White Stepping Down As SAG-AFTRA’s National Executive Director; Duncan Crabtree-Ireland In Line To Succeed Him
Crabtree-Ireland stated: “It is an honor to accept this position, and I look forward to continuing to work with members, the board, officers and staff in this new role. Together, we will build on the successes that have been achieved in recent years, as well as strategizing and innovating for the future as we navigate the dramatic changes taking place in our industry. I am grateful to the National Board for its vote of confidence and remain in awe of SAG-AFTRA’s remarkable history and service to its members.”
Added SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris: “I couldn’t be more pleased that our board has selected Duncan as national executive director. Duncan is a natural choice, an experienced leader and well respected by members and staff. I am confident that under his leadership, the union will continue building on the achievements and stability he has overseen working alongside David White over the past dozen years. I congratulate Duncan and look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”
“Duncan’s leadership and command of the issues important to SAG-AFTRA members has always led his work,” Carteris stated in a message to the union’s members. “Whether it’s his efforts on behalf of members on the worldwide stage, spearheading the Covid-19 return-to-work initiative, main the union’s negotiations with the key report labels and Telemundo, championing the union’s fairness and inclusion initiatives, and a lot extra, Duncan has been concerned in practically all the things the union does. With that deep degree of involvement and established relationships with trade gamers, he’s uniquely geared up to guard the membership and take SAG-AFTRA to the subsequent degree.
“The most essential high quality any SAG-AFTRA nationwide govt director can have is an understanding of our union and our membership. With 20 years of dedicated service Duncan has helped to raise this group and has been intrinsic in its success.
“I have had the honor of working with Duncan for the past 13 years,” she continued. “I sat in the room where he negotiated the first new network television contract in over 50 years, with Telemundo, bringing health and pension, and workplace protections to performers who never had them before. I was also in the room where he negotiated the first worldwide streaming royalty for recording artists and our first music video agreement covering background. You can rest assured that our union is in good hands with Duncan. He is someone who can effectively carry out the national board’s vision.”
At the earlier board assembly, Carteris — with the unanimous help of the union’s different 9 nationwide officers — introduced a suggestion that was authorized by the board authorizing her and out of doors counsel to conduct a due diligence overview and talk about a proposed employment settlement for the place, with Crabtree-Ireland to be introduced again to the nationwide board for its consideration at at the moment’s assembly. The compensation he’ll obtain because the union’s new chief govt was not disclosed to the press.
Crabtree-Ireland was a key participant within the merger of SAG and AFTRA in 2012, served because the coordinator of SAG-AFTRA’s Covid-19 security response and return-to-work initiatives and has been the the lead negotiator for SAG-AFTRA’s music contracts. Fluent in English and Spanish, he has served because the lead negotiator for SAG-AFTRA’s contract with the Telemundo community for Spanish-language productions, oversees the union’s bilingual initiative and is a co-host of the SAG-AFTRA en Español podcast.
He additionally performed a central position within the 160,000-member union’s strategic planning efforts and variety applications, and oversaw SAG-AFTRA’s Legal, Governance, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Professional Representatives, Equity & Inclusion, Administration, and Information Technology departments, in addition to the union’s worldwide affairs, together with overseas royalties.
Wearing many hats, he’s additionally the chair of the board of trustees of the SAG-AFTRA & Industry Sound Recordings Distribution Fund; the co-chair of the board of trustees of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund; a member of the boards of the SAG-Producers Pension Plan, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan and SoundAlternate; and is a delegate to the International Federation of Actors, serving as co-convenor of its Global Diversity Working Group.
A longtime adjunct professor at USC’s Law School, he’s a previous chair of the Conference of California Bar Associations, a previous treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a previous co-president of the LGBTQ Bar Association of Los Angeles and serves by appointment as a choose professional tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Crabtree-Ireland previously served as a felony prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s workplace and has obtained quite a few awards all through his profession, together with the Peggy Browning Award; the Corporate Counsel Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal; the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Samuel L. Williams Outstanding Trustee Award; the Profiles in Diversity Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel and the California Minority Counsel Project; the Co-President’s Award from the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Bar Association; and Labor Counsel of the Year honor from the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel. In 2019, he obtained the SAG-AFTRA George Heller Memorial Award for extraordinary service to SAG-AFTRA and its members.