Don’t mess with the Nanny. Fran Drescher has the unbridled power of her conviction.

Fran Drescher SAG-AFTRA president, announces strike.
Fran Drescher SAG-AFTRA president, announces strike.

There have been fourteen presidents of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) since I joined the union in 1972, among them John Gavin, Kathleen Nolan, William Schallert, Patty Duke, William Daniels, Melissa Gilbert, Ken Howard, who continued as president following SAG’s merger with the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (AFTRA), and Gabrielle Carteris. They were all solid, confident leaders, however …

Our current president, Fran Drescher, is—from where I sit—one of the strongest of the lot. When she was running for president in 2021, there were a lot of SAG-AFTRA members who said things along the lines of, “She’s a Nanny, not a leader.” And oh, they were so wrong. So very, very wrong.

Fran Drescher is smart and has an extraordinary level of conviction, giving her a powerful sense of moral authority. To wit:

Fran Drescher leads by example; she takes action and sees it through—even as the going gets rough. Her tenacity is infectious; her “calls to arms” rally our 160,000 members and create grassroots action.

I’d say that’s pretty much the definition of a strong leader. And a strong, feisty, no-holds-barred leader is exactly what’s needed to successfully fight the unparalleled greed of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The producers are crying that they don’t have enough money to meet the actors’ and writers’ “unreasonable” demands. Yet, studios and their CEOs are generating unheard-of levels of income, and it’s all going to their CEOs, other C-level execs, AI testing and perfecting, and their stockholders.

CNBC’s Jennifer Liu reports that while Hollywood TV and film writers are striking for moderate raises, the highest-paid entertainment executive was paid nearly half a billion dollars in the last five years, a report from the Los Angeles Times shows. David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery Inc., was paid $498,915,318 between 2018 and 2022, according to the Times analysis of executive compensation.

As SAG-AFTRA members, we are fortunate to have Fran Drescher as our president. Her leadership and her strength are critical at this pivotal moment in the industry. We should honor her conviction.

​For all of us, it’s #SAGAFTRAstrike. We are #SAGAFTRAstrong. Please feel free to share.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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