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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Art Lynch running for another term of the SAG National Board of Directors

References and results speak volumes.

Pass to SAG members or entertainment industry folks you may know....
I am asking SAG members to support my request to remain on the National Board of our union. There is much to be done.dS My strong support from members Of all three divisions of the national board an it's leadership, strong support from within our branch in my petition drive, and five members of your elected council. The reason is simple. I do the work of the membership for our Nevada Branch.

I fought for us to have a strong local boots on the ground executive and continue to push for a brick and mortar office. Previous executives know the work I do and why I continue to be a strong and effective voice for Nevada. 

I fought for and gained expansion of the Nevada's background zone as well as gains in background numbers and pay. Those who served on the national background committed know how strongly I fight for Nevada and all those who work background. We came close to a statewide and national expansion of background zones.

I have always championed open, timely and accurate communication with the membership. While legal restrictions still apply, great progress is being made in opening the door to all possible methods of listening to the membership and keeping all of us informed.

As past chair of the Nevada Legislative Committee and an active participant in national legislative initiatives I have been a strong part of pushing Nevada closer to being a film production friendly state.

I believe in young talent, and have served along side Nevada SAG officer Kim Renee on the National Young Performers Committee, where I worked hard to launch the Young Performers informational web site and provide support services to parents and the performers themselves.

I fought for and worked as co-chair on committees to simplify contracts and get them on the web in easier to use and interactive ways. The result is already increased ultra-low and low budget production, and will expand into other contracts. This means work and the opportunity for current demo reels.

I am past chair of Communications and serve as the co-chair of the New Technologiescommittee, keeping on top of how Nevada can benefit from the future of our industry.

I am working on the active organizing of Spanish language production, web production and many other key areas for the membership of the Screen Actors Guild. I have been active inequal opportunity and alternative casting initiatives. I fight against age discrimination as part of several national task forces.

The fact is that I am listened to, know how to work with, and am very effective as a part of the National Board, and Nevada's voice on the board.

References and results speak volumes.

Feel free to contact my references, those who have endorsed me and my fellow national board members to find out for yourself how well I represent Nevada, and the imporatance of my remaining on the SAG National Board of Directors.

SAG is not a club. We are a union and the job you have elected me to involves fighting for strong contracts, overseeing an agressive staff, watching the budget bottom line and representing the best interest of members in a rapidly changing world. 

At this critical time, with the possible creation of a new union, great increases in organizing and the need for strong support from board members and staff, it is important you choose to keep experience on the National Board.

Thank you for the consideration of your vote.

-Art Lynch

Battle on Control of Tickets Begins...

The battle of the band tickets is officially on.
Backed by Live Nation Entertainment and Ticketmaster, a group of concert promoters and artist managers on Monday declared war on ticket resellers such as those on StubHub, Razorgator and others. The newly formed group, dubbed Fans First Coalition, lashed out at "scalpers" and others who buy tickets in bulk and then resell them.
"It erodes the heart of our business," said Randy Levy, an independent concert promoter and president of Rose Presents in Minneapolis. Levy said if a fan has to pay markedly above a ticket's face value to attend a concert, they will have less money to spend on other live shows.
The solution: "paperless tickets" that are largely non-transferable. That means only the original buyer can claim the ticket on the day of the event, cutting out scalpers. Sounds reasonable, right?
Wrong, says another group, called the Fan Freedom Project, backed by the National Consumers League and founded earlier this year by Jon Potter, former director of the Digital Media Assn.
Potter argues that the real agenda for promoters who back paperless tickets is to prevent consumers from selling or giving away tickets they have purchased.
"I would say that what they're doing is very anti-fan," Potter said. "Consumers should have the right to determine what they can do with a ticket once they've purchased it. That means being able to sell it at both higher or lower than face value."
The controversy over paperless tickets is not new. Miley Cyrus and Bruce Springsteen both experimented with paperless ticketing back in 2009 for their concert tours.
But with powerful forces amassing on both sides, each professing allegiance to the consumer, the issue is poised to get hotter, particularly as states such as New York this year banned the issuance of paperless tickets and Massachusetts lawmakers consider a bill that would preserve a ticket resale market.
-- Alex Pham
Photo credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press