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AD/SM/PA Council West

The AD/SM/PA Council West is the elected body that represents the 935 Guild members who reside in the Western region and work in television as Associate Directors, Stage Managers or Production Associates. The Council is made up of 16 elected members and 10 alternate members from these categories.

This section provides the Guild's AD/SM/PA members in the Western region information that is specific to their categories; and the public with information about the activities of this council. Please click the "more" button for a welcome message from Council Chair Julie E. Gelfand. DGA Members, log in for meeting times and other Council information.
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Julie E. Gelfand

The members of AD/SM/PA Council West are your elected representatives that you have chosen to help guide our members in all areas and issues that affect our category. We represent a diverse list of genres including variety, reality, news, sports, soaps, audience switchers, multi camera and more. We work diligently to ensure that our members are treated fairly in the workplace and our voice is heard within our Guild.

Our monthly meetings offer a forum to discuss issues that occur in our work environments, inform members of DGA events that would be of interest to many, new technology and its almost daily transformations, safety concerns, membership and so much more. Plus it’s a great opportunity to network, get to know our DGA staff and learn valuable information that can’t be learned just by reading an e-blast or a press release.

It is the goal of the AD/SM/PA Council West to represent all of your interests and concerns but we can’t do this all by ourselves. We need input from our fellow AD/SM/PA members who are out there working in the trenches. Please feel free to contact any member of the Council if you have questions, concerns, or work-related problems. We will do our best to answer and advise you or direct you to someone who can.

We encourage you to come to our monthly AD/SM/PA Council meetings. Dates are listed in the DGA calendar and on the website. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the DGA Boardroom on the 6th floor.

We are a strong Guild with outstanding leadership. We are ALL responsible to help maintain that strength and continue to make our Guild grow. We can only do that when we have vocal participation and members helping members working to make our category strong and unified. I encourage you to get involved and join your representatives on the AD/SM/PA Council as we continue to look to our collective future.

Thank you,

Julie E. Gelfand,
AD/SM/PA Council West Chair

Lisa Layer
Assistant Executive Director
(310) 289-2067
Sevana Abkarian
Administrative Assistant
(310) 289-2047
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