AMPTP, Two Unions File Federal Reports Disclosing Salaries and More

5:51 PM PST 04/08/2014 by Jonathan Handel

The AMPTP Form 990 and DGA and AFM LM-2s reveal salaries, financial condition, membership figures and other information.

Several key institutions in the entertainment labor ecology filed their annual reports recently, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. These include the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Directors Guild and American Federation of Musicians.

The most recent AMPTP Form 990 (free registration required), which covers the year ending March 31, 2013, showed that organization president Carol Lombardini was paid $1,470,596 during that period. That’s up about 4.8 percent from the year before. Adding retirement and non-taxable benefits brings the total to $1,500,090. The report notes that Lombardini is entitled to “first-class travel for negotiation purposes.”

The AMPTP took in about $11.4 million (including about $8.5 million in membership dues), spent about $8.4 million, and had about $18.8 million in assets at the end of the reporting year.

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The DGA’s LM-2 report (go here and search for file no. 000-018) shows that national executive director Jay D. Roth received $732,027 in the year ending December 31, 2013 ($794,526 if you add in “allowances disbursed” and “disbursements for official business”). That’s a 2.0 percent increase from a year earlier.

The DGA report shows that regular and lifetime active union membership stood at 13,582, up about 3 percent from the previous year. The union’s fixed assets – primarily its Los Angeles and New York office buildings and land – were worth $100 million.

Two notable events are memorialized in the report. One is that the union took out a $4 million bank loan, something that it had not done in at least the several years prior. It repaid $375,000 of the loan during the year covered by the report. A union source told THR that the purpose of the loan was to make capital improvements to the guild’s New York office, including replacing the HVAC system.

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Another event noted in the LM-2 is that the DGA’s computers got hacked. “On the morning of May 14, 2013,” the report says, “the DGA accounting department noticed an unauthorized outgoing wire transfer dated May 13, 2013 in the amount of $190,000 from its operating account. The recipient was an apparently fictitious company.” The DGA notified its bank and met with investigators from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. “DGA has since been informed that the unauthorized transfer probably was initiated overseas by unknown persons hacking into the DGA's computer network.” Although a majority of the unauthorized wire transfer was ultimately recovered, the DGA sustained a loss of $86,618.43, which its insurance carrier said it would not cover. The DGA later installed new computer network security software and put in place new wire transfer procedures. According to the report, no member information was accessed or compromised.

The AFM’s LM-2 report (file no. 000-207), also covering calendar year 2013, shows that president Ray Hair was paid $140,929 ($166,443 including other disbursements), down 2.1 percent from the previous year. The union reported 78.764 regular, lifetime and youth active union members, unchanged from the previous reporting period.

By way of comparison on salaries, the most recent available reports show that IATSE’s Matthew D. Loeb received $329,023, SAG-AFTRA’s David White $541,040, the WGA East’s Lowell Peterson $290,192 and the WGA West’s David Young $581,055, in their respective most recent reporting periods. Those unions are scheduled to file new reports later this year.

THR is not reporting the annual receipts and expenditures figures from the DGA or AFM LM-2s, because the figures are essentially meaningless. For one thing, the AFM is a union of more than 240 locals, many of which file their own LM-2s and have their own assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements. To get a true picture of the union as a whole would require compiling numerous reports, then making a subjective judgment as to how and whether to aggregate figures.

In addition, for all unions, the LM-2 reports allow or even require unions to mix different types of accounting practices (cash vs. accrual accounting) and, in the case of the DGA (and SAG-AFTRA), receipts and disbursements may include security deposits by producers (often colloquially referred to as bonds, e.g. “SAG bond”). Those funds are returned to producers (or paid to members, if the producer defaults), and thus don’t “belong to” the union itself. The DGA’s report also includes foreign levy payments, clip fees and contract settlements, which are paid out to members. In effect, all of these categories of funds are held in trust for third parties, and their inclusion in the LM-2 reports makes it difficult to get a clear picture of the union’s finances. Some unions, such as the WGA West, release annual reports, which are more transparent, while others decline to make annual reports available.

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