SAG-AFTRA Extends David White's Contract Through 2020

Amy Kaplan

White will stay on as national executive director through Oct. 11, 2020.

The SAG-AFTRA board has extended David's White contract to stay on as national executive director through Oct. 11, 2020. The agreement takes effect immediately, but details were not released.

"Securing a long-term commitment from David guarantees his continued strategic operations leadership and industry-leading vision," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, executive vp Rebecca Damon and secretary-treasurer Jane Austin said Saturday in a joint statement. "He is a wise steward of SAG-AFTRA’s resources and a tough bargainer when he leads our contract negotiations. SAG-AFTRA members will continue to benefit from his commitment to ensuring good wages and safe working conditions.”

White was previously national executive director and chief negotiator for the Screen Actors Guild from 2009-2012, and prior to that was general counsel from 2002-2006. White became executive director and chief negotiator in 2012, when the two predecessor guilds merged. 

In a statement, White said: "I want to thank President Carteris, our elected officers and national board of directors for their support. We are engaged in exciting, groundbreaking efforts to protect professionals worldwide who make a living in the entertainment and media industries, and I am thrilled to continue with this essential work. It is a privilege to lead a staff of such exceptional talent and I look forward to the next four years of being a member of their team."