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November 2, 2009

Interactive Contract Actors

Subject: To All Interactive Contract Actors

As the LA Co-chair of the SAG side of the Interactive contract negotiations, I agree with the statement below regarding the Interactive contract.

Anthony DeSantis

From and Interactive community member:

Hello, interactive voiceover industry colleagues and friends.

See below:

[October 29, 2009 3:53:06 PM PDT]

“VOTING MATERIALS FOR THE AFTRA INTERACTIVE [MEDIA TENTATIVE AGREEMENT] have been mailed to approximately 2,200 AFTRA members and should be received in the next several days. AFTRA MEMBERS who receive the materials will be able to VOTE ELECTRONICALLY – IMMEDIATELY.
Only about 30% of those who get ballots actually vote on anything (contract or otherwise) but let’s be generous and say that 1,000 are voting.”
[Source: David Sobolov, SAG/AFTRA, SAG Interactive Committee, Interactive Media Voice Actor]

David estimates about 500 votes will be required to win.

For information about the AFTRA Interactive Media Tentative Agreement, contact your local AFTRA offices. Knowledgeable AFTRA Los Angeles contacts I know of may include:


Mathis L. Dunn, Jr.
Assistant National Executive Director
Commercials and Non-Broadcast
Phone: 323-634-8193
Cell: 206-465-6642
E-Fax: 509-561-5556

Chris Hagstrom


Gabrielle Carteris
Phil LaMarr

Remember, GET THE FACTS FROM THE SOURCE BEFORE YOU VOTE! If all the information you have is hearsay, rumor, gossip, received second or third-hand, or propaganda, pick up your phone, and call AFTRA for more information.

Familiarize yourself with the deal and the negotiation process. Look at all the deal points, weigh the pros and cons, evaluate what the negotiators got and what they conceded, and make an informed, thoughtful decision.

Don’t forget to vote get the facts!



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