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ICG Local 600 New President John Lindley


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John Lindley, ASC; Photo credit Bonnie Osborne

Following a special online meeting of the International Cinematographers Guild’s (ICG, IATSE Local 600) National Executive Board, John Lindley, ASC, has been elected as the guild’s new national president. A guild member for 32 years, Lindley was the second national vice president and has served on the National Executive Board for 13 years. This election, held within 30 days in compliance with the guild’s Constitution & Bylaws, follows the resignation of the previous national president, Lewis Rothenberg, eight months into his three-year term.

Lindley was elected with an overwhelming majority on the first online ballot and will serve out the remainder of Rothenberg’s term. Lindley has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy, won an ASC Award in 2015 and has been nominated for numerous other awards. Recent credits include Castle Rock, Unbelievable, Divorce, and Snowfall.  Among the films he has worked on as director of photography are Pleasantville, Core, Legion and Sneakers.

Baird Steptoe Sr., first assistant, was elected as second national vice president to fill the vacancy created by John Lindley, the previous office holder, in an additional election held at the same NEB meeting in compliance with the guild’s Constitution & Bylaws. Steptoe, whose two sons are also members of the ICG, has been a member of Local 600 for 45 years and on the NEB for 13. Notable career credits include Congo, The Bodyguard, and The Happening. The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) honored Steptoe with their Camera Technician Lifetime Award in 2013.

The ICG modified the original plans for an in-person meeting in Los Angeles, and decided to hold regional meetings in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Chicago, and ultimately online, to address the safety concerns created by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The 93 seated board members or alternates across the country logged on to ZOOM to participate in the complete nominating and voting process.

TrueBallot, Inc., who conducted the guild’s election in 2016, administered the online election to provide secure and confidential voting and tabulation in real time. The process was monitored by members of the guild’s election committee, Heather Pearson, in-house counsel, and James Stewart, a professional registered parliamentarian, who has been retained by the ICG for the last year to observe board meetings and consult on established parliamentary procedures.


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