Applying for a job at a union station? Questions about safety and security on the job? Moving to a different market? Wondering about getting an agent? Have questions about your personal service contract?
AAJA’s Small Market Broadcast Journalists Group will be hosting a Google hangout with SAG-AFTRA, to answer all of these questions so that you can make the most out of your convention in August.
Adam Moore, National Director, EEO & Diversity (New York)
Adam is national director of EEO & diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Since joining Screen Actors Guild in 2005 as Associate National Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity, he has been responsible for developing and implementing a national diversity plan of action to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. Such efforts include the creation of educational programs, conferences, and workshops; development of public relations strategies; and the enforcement of non-discrimination and diversity provisions as outlined in the Union’s contracts.
Anna Calderon, National Director, News & Broadcast Southern California (Los Angeles):
Anna M. Calderón serves as the national director, news & broadcast Southern California, for SAG-AFTRA. Calderón is responsible for negotiating over 30 labor agreements with broadcast employers in Southern California. Along with her staff, she oversees the enforcement and administration of those collective bargaining agreements. Calderón works closely with the newly formed Los Angeles SAG-AFTRA Broadcast Steering Committee on matters of concern to local broadcast members. Prior to her current position at SAG-AFTRA, Calderón enforced the minimum basic agreement on behalf of writers for the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). During her tenure at the WGAW, she garnered numerous favorable arbitration awards and collected millions of dollars on behalf of screenwriters.
Jessica Bowker, Broadcast Business Representative (San Francisco) Jessica a broadcast business representative for the SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California local. Bowker is charged with enforcing and negotiating union contracts and working with broadcast members to build strength and unity in the San Francisco Bay Area. She represents members at both television and radio news stations in the market. Bowker has a background in a variety of studies including: postcolonial, critical race, LGBT, women, and labor and is passionate about building diverse, equitable and socially just workplaces.
Derek Opina is an Emmy Nominated sports reporter/anchor for KFBB, the ABC/FOX affiliates in Great Falls/Helena, Montana. Derek served as Co-Chair for AAJA-Small Market Broadcast Journalists for two years. Before moving to Montana, he covered the Los Angeles Lakers and other professional and collegiate sports in Southern California. The most memorable event in Derek’s career was covering game seven of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Celtics. Derek is a Southern California native and a proud Cal State Fullerton Titan.