Trek Actors Participating In Commercials Strike

By Christian
May 28, 2000 - 11:15 PM

Since the 1st of May, the members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, are on a strike targeted at producers of commercials. The strike was started after contract negotiations broke down over the issue of residual payment - the advertising industry wants to move to a flat-fee for commercials, while the unions want to keep the current system of a certain fee for each time the ad is shown. In addition, the unions also want to determine rules for internet ads, while the advertising industry maintains the unions have no jurisdiction over the net.

In the May 23rd issue of the Hollywood Reporter, a full-page ad was placed by the SAG and the AFTRA, in support of th strike and listing many celebrities who have publicly endorsed the strike. Jeff 'Koganuts' Koga was kind enough to send in the text of the ad, and here are the names of the Trek alumni who are present on the list, or at least those we were able to recognise:

  • F. Murray Abraham (Ad'har Ru'afo)
  • Jason Alexander (presenter of the 'Ultimate Trek' special)
  • Rene Auberjonois (Odo)
  • Adrienna Barbeau (DS9, 'Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges')
  • Ed Begley Jr. (Henry Starling, 'Future's End')
  • Levar Burton (Geordi LaForge)
  • Joan Collins ('The City On The Edge Of Forever', Edith Keeler)
  • Stephen Collins (Will Decker)
  • Miguel Ferrer (ST 3, Excelsior's First Officer)
  • Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
  • Catherine Hicks (Dr. Gillian Taylor)
  • Clint Howard (Balok)
  • Ashley Judd (Robin Lefler)
  • Sally Kellerman ('Where No Man Has Gone Before', Elizabeth Dehner)
  • John Larroquette ('Star Trek III', Maltz)
  • Laurence Luckinbill (Sybok)
  • Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris)
  • Bill Mumy ('The Siege of AR-558', Engineer Kellin)
  • Julie Newmar ('Friday's Child', Eleen)
  • Leonard Nimoy (Spock)
  • France Nuyen ('Elaan of Troyius', Elaan)
  • Brock Peters (Admiral Cartwright, Joseph Sisko)
  • Robert Picardo (the Holodoc)
  • Lawrence Pressman ('Ties of Blood and Water', Legate Ghemor)
  • William Shatner (James T. Kirk)
  • Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard)
  • Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)
  • Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloane)
The full list can also be found here on the SAG strike site. Meanwhile, if you want to read more about the strike and its effects, check out the SAG's official strike site, or this article by Variety's Dave McNary, talking about the effects it has had so far.

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