Steve Hulett was re-elected without opposition as business representative of the Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE, in a membership meeting on Tuesday night. Hulett, a former writer for Disney, has been business representative since 1989. In his acceptance speech, Hulett promised changes and improvements to the guild’s structure and a proactive approach to the next contract negotiations.
Nathan Loofbourrow, a tech director at DreamWorks and the guild’s former vice president, was elected without opposition as president. He is the first tech director to serve as the guild’s president. He has replaced Bob Foster, who stepped down as president, but is running for the executive board. Foster cited the need for guild leadership to adapt to the changes brought by new technologies.
Jack Thomas, a writer for DreamWorks Television and a current board member, is the guild’s new vice president, also elected without opposition. Recording secretary Jeff Massie and sergeant-at-arms Jan Browning are retiring from their positions. Executive board member Karen Carnegie Johnson, an animation retake director at Film Roman, was elected without opposition to replace Browning. No nominations were received to replace Massie, and his position will be filled by order of the president with the consent of the executive board.
For the executive board, there are 15 candidates to fill 11 positions. In addition to Foster, the nominees include incumbents Bronwen Barry, John Cataldi, Nicole Dubuc, Janette Hulett, Cathy Jones, Gordon Kent and Eugene Son, plus former board member Russell Calabrese and newcomers David Chlystek, Bill Flores, David Gemmill, Larry Smith, Robert St. Pierre and Dave Thomas.
The ballots for the executive board will be counted Nov. 9, and the new officers will be sworn in Dec. 3. The guild, which was chartered in 1952, has 2,800 active members and represents animation artists, writers and technicians.