SAG pacts unit shuffled

Sector now topped by Hookey

New Screen Actors Guild chief Bob Pisano has restructured the contracts department as part of his sweeping reorganization of the guild.

SAG reps had no comment, but staffers were informed Monday that the sector would be supervised by deputy national exec director for contracts Jerre Hookey, who will oversee half a dozen national directors.

Those six slots will cover contract compliance and affirmative action, both currently vacant; agency and residuals, posts that will continue to be held by Zino Macaluso and Doug Bergmann, respectively; entertainment, to which exec administrator of theatrical contracts Anne Talltree has been appointed; and commercial and non-broadcast, for which New York commercials exec administrator Susan Rose has been selected.

Talltree will oversee national feature and TV pacts, new technologies, interactive, Internet, background performers and production representatives. Commercial contract exec administrator Glenn Hiroaka and TV contact exec administrator Deborah Berg will report to Talltree.

Talltree’s replacement will be appointed in upcoming weeks. Rose will regulate all commercials, non-broadcast productions, industrial and educational productions.

Bergmann will oversee claims, audits and collections. The collection of residual payments and claims, previously processed by the accounting department, will be transferred to the contract department; distribution of funds will continue to be supervised by the chief financial officer.

Moves follow last week’s departures of contracts director Ellie Abrahamson and senior administrator of industrial contracts Allen D. Weingartner (Daily Variety, Oct. 8).

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