On January 8, 2016, at the Motion Picture Editors Guild’s Board of Directors meeting, the Guild’s longtime National Executive Director, Ronald G. Kutak, announced his plans to retire this coming fall, after more than 30 years in the position.
Kutak, who joined the Guild (which was then IATSE Local 776) as a part-time employee in 1981, and became Executive Director in 1985.
During his tenure in the post, he oversaw the opening up of the Roster (1989); the transference of the post-production members of IATSE Local 695 (re-recording mixers, recordists, maintenance engineers) to the Editors Guild (1998); the merger with IATSE Local 771, the New York Editors Guild, to form IATSE Local 700 (1998); the merger of IATSE Local 854 (story analysts) into the Editors Guild (2000); the merger of IATSE Local 683 (laboratory film/video technicians and cinetechnicians) into the Editors Guild (2010); and the celebration of the Editors Guild’s 50th (1987) and 75th (2012) anniversaries.
The Guild will be conducting a search to find a replacement.
Below is Kutak’s announcement letter to the Guild membership:
In 1981, when I first began part-time at the Editors Guild, then Local 776, I never would have imagined I would be writing this to you over 34 years later.
At our last Board of Directors Meeting, I officially announced my retirement, which is set for this October. After having the honor, privilege and self-satisfaction of representing you, I feel I am leaving the union in a better place than I found it.
The Guild will be embarking on a search for my replacement, and I am confident the leadership will choose someone who can competently and energetically represent you.
I can only say thank you all for the support I have received and the genuine professional fellowship I have enjoyed.
Ronald G. Kutak
National Executive Director
Motion Picture Editors Guild