I have been reelected to the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local Board as President!

http://www.sagaftra.org/2017-sag-aftra-seattle-local-election-results-0

On Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, the ballot tabulation of the Seattle Local election was conducted. Please note that some candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. Following are the results of the election. Those positions that required a balloted election are listed with an asterisk*. For complete balloted election results, click here.

Rik Deskin* President 2-year term
Laura Kenny Vice President – Actor/Performer 2-year term
Deborah Horne Vice President – Broadcast 2-year term
Abby Dylan Local Board Member at Large 2-year term
Robert Fuentes Local Board Member at Large 2-year term
Rachel Glass Local Board Member at Large 2-year term
Cole Hornaday Local Board Member at Large 2-year term
Linda C. Kennedy Local Board Member at Large 2-year term
Steve Reeder Local Board Member at Large 2-year term
Maggie Stenson Local Board Member at Large 2-year term
Ron Holmstrom Local Board Member – Alaska 2-year term
Rik Deskin Convention Delegate 2-year term
Tony Ginn Convention Delegate 2-year term
Ron Holmstrom Convention Delegate 2-year term
Deborah Horne Convention Delegate 2-year term
Linda C. Kennedy Convention Delegate 2-year term
Maggie Stenson Convention Delegate 2-year term

Those members elected as Local Officers, Local Board members and Convention Delegates, by virtue of their election to those positions, are also elected as Alternate National Board members who may be called upon to serve at National Board meetings when the National Board member from the Seattle Local is unable to attend. The President, by virtue of his election to that position, also serves as a Convention Delegate.

The newly elected leaders will be installed in office on Aug. 24, 2017.

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This is the first trailer for The Scottish Play, a new series that I’m part of!

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Being Union is the Progressive Choice

This morning, my wife and I are preparing to go to Ellensburg to be adjudicators for the Washington State Thespian Festival today and tomorrow. And today is Saint Patrick’s Day! So I’m wearing my green Keep Film In WA shirt.

Yesterday this came out on the Keep Film In WA blog: http://keepfilminwa.com/lets-get-this-bill-over-the-hump/

Yesterday these came out from SAG-AFTRA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFDy4UYwaE0
https://www.sagaftra.org/dga-sag-aftra-wga-west-and-east-and-iatse-statement-administration%E2%80%99s-proposed-cuts-national-0

Also yesterday these came out from AEA:

https://members.actorsequity.org/savethenea/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEp3dHx2zKo

Fellow Actors, the most progressive thing you can do as an actor, is to join your unions. SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity. I mean it! I have many titles gained through my 51 years of life: actor, veteran, husband, father, environmentalist, vegan, union member, progressive liberal…and being a union member, a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity are my decision, as an actor to be a part of the solution. Anything less is less, and anything against being a part of these unions, simply takes away from the overall good that my unions, my labor unions, do for me and the combined 210,000 members.

In the days since the new people have taken our government away from us, I have been more active daily in combating their efforts to take us back to the 1950’s. The 1950’s was nice, but we are living in 2017 now! Please help me. Sign the petitions. Talk to your local legislators. Talk to your National Legislators. Take part in your unions. #KeepFilmInWa #sagaftra #askifitsequity

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January, 2017 Update!

40 SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local President Rik Deskin: Keep Film in WA

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photo-jan-09-9-59-54-pmRik Deskin is President of SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local.  Rik shares how and why he got involved in the political side of SAG-AFTRA.  Rik also talks to us about the Keep Film in WA campaign, how that effects those in the filmmaking community and what you can do to help Keep Film in WA!!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE 2017 PETITION TO KEEP FILM IN WA!!

Links to…   SAG-AFTRA  –  SAGindie  –  Washington Filmworks  –  Keep Film in WA

and follow Rik on Facebook!!

 

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Rik Deskin October Update!

 

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Rik will be seen next at the TCM Models & Talent October Social  (You must be represented by TCM to attend) on October 12th. The Social begins at 5:30 and Rik will be the guest speaker at 6:30. In case you do not know, he was elected as the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local President last year and will be speaking about the industry and you certainly should be here to chat and ask questions about the union!

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14639855_1771528063099986_1823732916164268528_nA Free Screenplay Reading at Eclectic Theater on Saturday, November 12 at 2pm. More info TBA.

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Rik Deskin’s April Appearances!

Today, at 4:30pm Rik will be a guest at the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local Conservatory event: The Business of Acting. At Eclectic Theater.

Tomorrow, Rik will make a second appearance on the Irish Radio International program, Irish heArts, which will air at 11am on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Listen Live on the internet at: http://www.irishradiointernational.com/index.php/player

To listen to the first episode Rik was in: https://www.mixcloud.com/Irishradiointl/irish-hearts-march-10th/

Thursday Rik will be at the informational meeting for I-1520, at the Redmond Regional Library, between 6-8pm.

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Rik Deskin to be a guest on Irish Radio!

Rik Deskin will be a guest on the Irish Radio International program, Irish heArts, at 11am on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Listen Live on the internet at: http://www.irishradiointernational.com/index.php/player

 

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Keep Film in Washington!

Hello film aficionados,

My last post was pre-election, so I want to thank you for your support and votes. I am happy to be serving now as the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local President, representing the interests of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Now, I have a huge favor to ask, specifically Washington residents and friends.

Visit the website for Keep Film in Washington.  Absolutely, sign the petition–if you haven’t already–and share the link with your voting-aged friends and family members. We need to let our legislators know that film production in Washington State is important. And, good for the economy. For every $1 invested, motion picture production generates more than $10 of benefit.

Currently, Washington’s motion picture competitiveness program (MPCP) allows $3.5 million annually in incentives for production companies. Washington Filmworks coordinates, so a company films a project here, using our resources and labor, staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants, and we’ll give them back a portion of their expenditures. It’s a win-win, but the money goes so fast.

Washington State currently has only one television series filming: Z-Nation. While it is great to have this production, the one series occupies 49% of our MPCP’s available funds. The remaining funds are distributed to various film and commercial projects, but, alas, few and far between. With the existing cap, in 2014, all available funding was dedicated before May, and in 2015, March.  With incentive funds depleted, Washington State lost over $65 million in potential economic activity. That’s a lot of jobs–that didn’t happen.

Keep Film in Washington hopes to change this. As I invited earlier, please visit the site and show your support.

In addition, Thursday, January 21, Washington will celebrate Film Day in Olympia. Supporters of the cause will be meeting with legislators to discuss House Bill 2542, which seeks to raise our MPCP cap to $10 million and to extend the program through 2023.

If you’re available, join us!  Sharing with your elected officials is important. Mine have told me that in-person meetings do carry an impact. If you can come, be sure to RSVP before 5pm Tuesday, January 19.

Not available on Thursday, no worries. You can still send your support via email or phone calls to your district representatives at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder.

Thanks for reading,

Rik

 

 

 

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RIK DESKIN FOR SAG-AFTRA SEATTLE LOCAL PRESIDENT!

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Are you tired of not having the level of programming that our LA and NY brothers and sisters get as a perk of SAG-AFTRA Membership? I am. I’m also tired of a lack of representation in the rest of the region that our Local stands for. We need representation in Idaho and Montana! I want to be inclusive of our whole region and begin programming SAG-AFTRA Conservatory events for actors and broadcasters throughout our entire region on a regular basis. I also want to activate all of our Members locally. Are you proud of SAG-AFTRA? I am!

I have served as a Board Member of the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local (formerly SAG and AFTRA)  for nearly a decade. In that time I have proudly served as President, Vice-President, Board Member and Convention Delegate (since 2011).

The Seattle Local is much more than Seattle. Our jurisdiction includes the rest of Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana as well. This is the largest amount of territory in all of the 25 SAG-AFTRA Locals. We have a very hard-working staff of 3 to manage all of this. Granted the bulk of all of our work is in Seattle proper and Spokane, but we do have projects active in the other states.

We have not had a Conservatory program since before my time. We need to have regular workshops and classes that are free (or at a very low annual fee) to the members not only as a perk of membership but as a necessity of keeping our skills active regardless of how you classify your membership. I was partially responsible for workshops with Casting Directors Stephen Salamunovich and Bonnie Gillespie, a Conversations program with SAG-AFTRA Member Lauren Weedman, and also hosted both an Audio-Book Narration workshop and a workshop with SAG-AFTRA Member Sheldon Smith at my theater venue, Eclectic Theater. I am also partially responsible as the Chair of the SAG Awards Planning Committee, for acquiring Saint John’s Bar and Eatery as our new home for the Awards Show locally.

I propose having more frequent events! I would like to have at least one per month to start out. Having robust programming is what life in LA and NY is like!

What do I mean by “activating members?” I long for the day where every member attends meetings, votes, and can think beyond only themselves, but to our greater community at large. I totally understand when members have to work and are unable to attend, but at least you can vote, right? Make me proud!

SAG-AFTRA Contracts I have worked under are Commercial (for Television, Radio and Internet), the Modified Low-Budget Agreement,  the Corporate-Educational Agreement, the New Media Agreement, the Short Film Agreement, and the Student Film Agreement.

I have been a SAG Member since 2003, an AEA Member since 2005, and an AFTRA Member since 2009. I have been a SAG-AFTRA Member since March 30, 2012! Local Committees I have served on are the SAG Awards Planning Committee, the Reinstatement Committee, the Organizing Committee, the 2011 AFTRA Convention Planning Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Commercials Negotiations Committee. National Committees are the Communications Committee, the Editorial Sub-Committee, the Commercial Performers Committee, the Military Personnel & Families Support Committee, the Low-Budget Committee, the LGBT Committee, the New Media Committee, the New Tech Sub-Committee, the Interactive Media Negotiations Committee, the Animation Negotiations Committee, and the Website Task Force.

Vote for me 2 times! As President and Convention Delegate.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at rikdeskin@gmail.com.

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Mayor Murray supports new legislation to increase film production in Washington

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Mayor Murray announced his support of Senate Bill 6027 (SB 6027), introduced last week in the Washington State Senate to increase the funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.

The bill doubles the size of the production incentive program over the next two yeaFilm Incentivers to $7 million and increases the fund incrementally each year until it reaches $10 million in 2019. The sunset date for the program will also be extended to 2022.

Washington’s current incentive program is the fifth smallest in the country. $55 million worth of film production was immediately turned away in 2014 when the annual funding cap was expended by May. This legislation aims to keep Washington’s film industry competitive and retain and increase film industry talent to fuel the statewide creative economy.

SB 6027’s prime sponsor is Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, 36th), with co-sponsors Senator Andy Billig (D, 3rd), Senator Joe Fain (R, 47th), and Senator Don Benton (R…

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