Jason MacLeod has been elected business rep of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, succeeding Steve Hulett, who is retiring December 6 after 27 years at the helm of the union.
Hulett, currently the longest serving union leader in Hollywood, spent a decade as an animation writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the 1970s and 1980s before taking the leadership role at the guild in 1989. This election marks only the second turnover in the office since 1978.
“I’m very honored to be elected to represent the membership,” said MacLeod, whose credits as an animation lighting artist include Frozen and Zootopia. “Animation in all forms is doing spectacularly well in the marketplace, but this hasn’t translated to a work-life balance our members are happy with. I look forward to partnering with the executive board, listening to our members’ concerns, and working in union to achieve our goals in the next contract cycle.”
“Jason has a big job ahead of him,” Hulett said. “The guild has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and animation continues to be a red hot sector of the entertainment industry. There will be plenty of challenges ahead, but I know Jason is up to them.”
Laura Hohman, a surfacing artist at DreamWorks Television, was elected president of the guild, succeeding Jack Thomas, who chose not to seek re-election. Karen Carnegie Johnson was re-elected VP, and Paula Spence will be the new recording secretary, running unopposed for the job held by Nicole Dubuc, who also chose not to run for re-election.