Before Local 728 there was Local 37, a Hollywood super local that embraced all the backlot crafts. When some members of Local 37 (dubbed the "37 White Rats") grew restive and launched a rebellion against mob control of the IATSE, the International broke up Local 37 and in 1939 created Locals 728, 727, 80 and 44.

Read about it in "The War for Warner Brothers"

Minutes from the first meeting of Local 728, May 21, 1939 (10MB)

Picture of Local 728 Charter

Greg Reeves


(2014 - 2015)

Karen Weilacher

Vice President


Patric J. Abaravich

Business Rep./ Secretary

(2015 - 2017)

Pascal M. Guillemard

Treasurer / Call Steward

(2014 - 2016)

Treasurer / Call Steward Business:

Member Status Requests::

Executive Board Members

Roger Lattin (2013-2015)
David Watson (2013-2015)
R. Bruce Prochal (2014-2016)
Joe Gallo (2014-2016)
Branch M. Brunson (2015-2017)
Michael Paul Orefice, Sr. (2015-2017)
Jim Krattiger (2015-2017)
Darryl Herzon (2015-2017)

Iain O’Higgins - 1st Alternate (1 year)
Jeremy Schonwald - 2nd Alternate (1 year)


Richard F. McConihay

Safety & Training Director
Alan M. Rowe

Office Staff

Sean Harkess
Julianna Bessey
Claudia Smith

IATSE Convention Delegates

Patric J. Abaravich

Larry K. Freeman

Dennis K. Grow

Pascal Guillemard

Darryl Herzon

Herbert R. Hughes

Gina Isaacs

James Krattiger

Jane Krueger

Norman Lang

Roger Lattin

Brian R. Lukas

Tom Morash

Iain O’Higgins

Michael Paul Orefice, Sr.

S. Cricket Peters

Jerry Posner

R. Bruce Prochal

Ken Roerden

Alan M. Rowe

Jeremy Schonwald

Karen Weilacher

Jason Young

Shop Stewards
John Murray – CBS
Gina Isaacs – Fox
Frank Valdez – Paramount
John Jacobs – Sony
John Kennedy – Universal
Chris Hathaway – Warner Bros.

Delegates to the Central Labor Council
of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor – AFL/CIO

Patric J. Abaravich
Dennis K. Grow
Pascal M. Guillemard
Darryl Herzon

Iain O’Higgins
S. Cricket Peters
Greg Reeves
Alan M. Rowe

Web Site

Administrator - David Watson
Webmaster - Dennis K. Grow

Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians
Local 728 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
1001 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506

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