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Thursday, September 1, 2011
SAG . AFTRA Merger>?
Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are continuing discussions this weekend between the AFTRA New Union Committee and the SAG Merger Task Force with regards to the creation of one union to represent all members of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.
Meeting together as the Group for One Union, or G1, members and staff of both unions held meetings Saturday through Monday by video and teleconference between New York and Los Angeles. Originally scheduled as face-to-face meetings in New York, members and staff were cautioned not to travel due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Irene in New York and elsewhere along the East Coast.
The G1, comprised of members including actors, performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals, received a presentation from its Member Education & Outreach Workgroup, and reviewed and discussed findings and recommendations of its Governance & Structure Workgroup. These and four other member-led workgroups have been holding discussions since they were created by the G1 at its inaugural meeting in Silver Spring, MD, June 19 -21.
An independent film impresario - Sam Logan Khaleghi’s writing, directing and producing credits include the upcoming character drama APPROACHING MIDNIGHT featuring Jana Kramer (co-star of CW’s ‘One Tree Hill’); His freshman effort into the world of cinema came with his crime-drama LOVE IS A THIEVES' GAME which was shot during college years on location in Detroit, Michigan as well as New York City. In the world of television, Sam served as associate producer on the season finale (8th season) of MTV's Emmy winning series MADE; As thespian he made his television debut with a small role in Lifetime TV Networks PRAYERS FOR BOBBY * starring Sigourney Weaver and appeared in the season finale of Touchstone Pictures' Television's DETROIT 1-8-7. He can currently be seen in television commercials for the national ‘Pure Michigan’ campaign.
Sam is a graduate of the Master of Science in Communication Management program at Northwestern University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of of Music and Drama in London, England.