Veteran Directors Guild of America executive Bryan Unger has been promoted to the post of Western executive director, succeeding Warren Adler.
The promotion of Unger, who began his DGA career in 1994, comes a year after he was elevated from the post of assistant executive director to associate Western exec director. In the new alignment, Adler will retain his position as associate national executive director, second in command to national exec director Jay D. Roth.
Unger’s promotion will help expand the DGA’s services, particularly in contract enforcement, in its Western region, where it has about 7,000 of its 11,800 members, Roth said.
“Unger’s new position is a reflection of the great skill and dedication he has demonstrated on behalf of the DGA membership while playing a key role in many important guild issues, including our fight against runaway production and our efforts to strengthen relationships with the independent film community,” Roth said.
After graduating from NYU film school, Unger worked in film and TV production for several years before becoming a labor exec at the National Assn. of Broadcast Employees & Technicians. He then served as an international representative for the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees for five years in New York before moving to the DGA in Los Angeles six years ago.