Protecting Creative Professionals in the Age of the “Gig Economy”: SAG AFTRA National Executive Director David White at the Forum

Lecture | January 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 David White, The Berkeley Forum

 The Berkeley Forum

In this tech-savvy age, newer types of media have made creative expression more accessible, a convenience that has contributed to the rise of the gig economy, an environment in which temporary positions and short-term contracts are exceedingly common. This issue has since been the focus of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA), one of the largest American labor unions representing actors and performers in film, television, and other media forms. Please join the Berkeley Forum for this important session with David A. White, National Executive Director of the Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA.

Mr. David White is national executive director and chief negotiator of the Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artist. Prior to rejoining SAG-AFTRA, where he previously served as general counsel from 2002 to 2006, White was managing principal of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group, providing consulting services to the entertainment industry. Before joining the executive ranks of SAG-AFTRA, White was a labor and employment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. A Rhodes Scholar, White is a graduate of Grinnell College and Stanford Law School. He is board chair of the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans, a member and former chair of the Board of Trustees of Grinnell College, and a member and former vice chair of the Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund. He is a trustee of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds and a board member of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, SAG Foundation, the Actors Fund, and Volunteers of America–Greater Los Angeles.