Joan Halpern Weise Promoted to
AFTRA Assistant National Executive Director
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 25, 2007)—With more than 25 years of experience in serving members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Joan Halpern Weise has been promoted to AFTRA Assistant National Executive Director, Entertainment Programming.
“This much-deserved promotion recognizes the vital role that Joan plays in maintaining and improving standards for working performers in entertainment programming, whether network and cable TV, the Internet, or new media platforms,” said AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, who announced the promotion at the AFTRA National Convention in July.
“Given the technological changes and uncertainty in our industries, Joan’s extensive experience and leadership in working with both AFTRA staff and membership is a key component to maintaining AFTRA’s role as a stable advocate for working performers in the media and entertainment industries,” said Hedgpeth.
Since October 2000, Weise had served as AFTRA National Director for Entertainment Programming. She is responsible for coordinating negotiating and contract administration work for AFTRA throughout the country for prime time and non-prime time television programming, cable TV programming, and new media.
“I’m honored by the promotion, and look forward to continuing to work closely with AFTRA Locals throughout the country, as well with the production community, in this new capacity,” said Weise. “Negotiating strong contracts and organizing union work opportunities in the U.S. for AFTRA members is our top priority.”
In addition to AFTRA’s coverage of cable, Internet, and other new media programming, AFTRA covers approximately 80% of the programming hours on the four major television networks, including scripted dramas, variety programs, reality, talk, game shows, sports, news, and other program formats.
Weise began working for the AFTRA Los Angeles Local in 1981 as a television representative. She was later promoted to Local Supervisor of TV, and then Local Director of TV. In 1992, she was elevated to Assistant Local Executive Director, holding that post until she joined AFTRA National staff in 2000.
The promotion increases the ranks of AFTRA Assistant National Executive Directors to three as Weise joins Mathis L. Dunn Jr., Assistant National Executive Director, Commercials, Non-Broadcast, & Interactive Media, and Randall Himes, Assistant National Executive Director, Sound Recordings.
Born in New York City and raised in Southern California, Weise holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. More than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists are moving forward together through AFTRA to protect and improve our jobs, lives, and communities. AFTRA members embrace change in society—from new culture to new technology—and incorporate change in our work and craft. AFTRA celebrates and thrives on the diversity of our members and the work we do. AFTRA opens a whole new world of opportunities for success for professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet, and other digital media. Visit AFTRA at www.aftra.com.