Administrators Guild of America president Thomas Schlamme is stepping down after 4 years within the function subsequent month.
The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sundown Strip director and govt producer penned a farewell letter to Guild members that was printed within the September version of the DGA Month-to-month journal and printed on-line on Monday. (It’s conventional for DGA presidents to depart the function after two phrases.) “I will probably be stepping down at our upcoming Biennial Conference — and sit up for a brand new voice main us,” he wrote. “It has been my honor to serve.”
The craft union’s subsequent chief will probably be chosen on the Biennial Conference on Sept. 18. Schlamme was first elected to the function on the Conference in 2017, taking up from outgoing chief Paris Barclay, and was re-elected in 2019.
In his letter, Schlamme celebrates the Guild’s good points throughout his time on the helm, together with its 2017 contract negotiations, “the place we achieved a tripling of made-for-SVOD residuals at a vital inflection level of main technological change.” He touts victories in made-for-SVOD residuals, pension contributions, revenue and inventive rights for TV administrators within the Guild’s subsequent contract, and the organized labor teamwork that went into creating security protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m proud to say, one yr later, the visionary protocols we developed and negotiated for are the singular motive so lots of our members are safely again to work,” he writes.
The outgoing president additionally provides some ideas as to the longer term, arguing that the Guild might want to lean on its “collective character” as “the challenges on the horizon on this second of transition solely intensify.” He provides, “I don’t doubt for a second that we’ve got what it takes. However we’d like you. Communicate up and be a part of this various household. It’s that collective, evolving character of ours to all the time be taught, to all the time do higher, and to all the time strive more durable that makes us who we’re — unified, daring and unstoppable.”
Previous to serving as president, Schlamme served on the DGA’s Nationwide Board since 2005 and labored as its third and fifth vp. He co-chaired the Guild’s 2014 and 2017 Negotiations Committee and was a founding member of its Political Motion Committee’s Management Council.
With current work on FX’s Snowfall and HBO’s The Plot Towards America, Schlamme can also be the recipient of 4 DGA Awards along with the Guild’s Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award.