SAG-AFTRA's David White Not Going to NBA Players Association


The NBA PA chooses another finalist, and THR learns that the SAG-AFTRA president had already been urging White to extend his contract.

SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White is staying put.

The NBA Players Association had been considering White as one of the finalists for its top job, but it announced Tuesday it has instead chosen Washington, D.C., attorney Michelle Roberts — who will become the first woman to hold for the position.

"Michelle Roberts is a great choice for the NBA Players Association, and I wish her and their membership well," White tells The Hollywood Reporter.

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White's SAG-AFTRA contract expires next May, but THR has learned that union president Ken Howard began talking to White about extending his agreement shortly after the union finished its own contract negotiations with the studios in early July. White was chief negotiator for the pact, which is out to members for what is expected to be an easy ratification. The voting deadline is August 22, 2014, and votes will be tabulated that day.

White and Howard declined to confirm whether they had had talks.

Next up for the union is the Wages and Working Conditions process for the Network Code agreement, which will commence on or after August 11 and end on or about September 5. 
The Network Code is among the union's largest national collective bargaining agreements and covers programming in all television day parts, except for primetime dramatic programs on the networks and The CW, and basic cable and pay-TV programming.

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Programs covered by the Network Code include morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contests, sports, first-run syndicated dramas and promotional announcements. Among the shows covered by this contract are Good Morning America, The View, The Price is Right, General Hospital, Saturday Night Live, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Survivor, 20/20, and Late Show with David Letterman, among others.

The current contract expires Nov. 15, so negotiations are likely to begin in late September or early October, with White at the helm.

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