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Western AD/UPM Council

The Western AD/UPM Council is the elected body that represents the more than 3,200 Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager members of the Guild who reside and/or work in film, television, commercials and new media the Western Region. In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the DGA, the Council is comprised of 16 members and 10 alternate members who meet the criteria for these categories.

This section provides AD/UPM members with 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 Western AD/UPM Council Chair Linda Montanti. DGA Members, log in for meeting times and other Council information.
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Linda Montanti
Linda Montanti

Here, among other items, you will find a list of your elected representatives for the coming year. These are your fellow AD/UPM members who will be representing the interests of your categories in the Directors Guild. Please feel free to contact any of these individuals with questions regarding the Guild, Council, or Committees, work-related problems you may be having, or situations you feel need to be discussed. If they cannot answer your questions, they will direct you to someone who can.

Your Council coordinates the activities of several hard-working committees. These committees deal with current issues and problems facing Assistant Directors, Unit Production Managers and Technical Coordinators. Issues such as safety on the set, currency training, new technology, and mentoring are addressed through these committees. I encourage all of you to become involved in our many subcommittees. You can find out just what these committees are doing by attending one of the monthly council meetings or check out the committee descriptions here on the website. Council meetings are open to all AD/UPM members. They are not only informative (and often entertaining), but are also a great way to meet your DGA peers. The Western AD/UPM Council usually meets the first Monday of every month at 8:00 pm.

Preserving the strength and integrity of your Guild is an obligation and the responsibility of each one of us, so let's get involved.

Thank you,

Linda Montanti,
Western AD/UPM Council Chair

Faith Santilla
Assistant Executive Director
(310) 752-5999
Viviane Ugalde
Administrative Assistant
(310) 289-5987
Qualifications Lists

The DGA Contract Administration (DGACA) maintains lists of individuals who have met the minimum requirements for work as Unit Production Managers, First Assistant Directors, and Second Assistant Directors in the Motion Picture Industry.

Phil Rawlins

UPM and Assistant Director Phil Rawlins discusses how working as a stuntman on the sets of westerns of the 1950s led to a career working on the sets of big budget feature films.

Yudi Bennett

Assistant Director Yudi Bennett shares stories from her extensive career from the early beginnings of the DGA’s Assistant Director Training Program in New York, to the sets of award-winning feature films and television movies.

Abby Singer

Assistant Director and Production Manager Abby Singer talks about his career in features and television, his involvement in the Guild, and his personal perspective on changes in the entertainment industry spanning 50 years.

Availability Lists