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SAG taps Macaluso to top agency relations

Duties include enforcement, guidance

The Screen Actors Guild has promoted veteran exec Zino Macaluso to the post of director of agency relations, to replace Joan Meyer, who retired in November as executive administrator. Macaluso has administered agency relations since 1997 for the San Francisco office of SAG and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

Macaluso, who has practiced law in San Francisco and Toronto, will be based at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles beginning next week. His responsibilities include operation of the agency department, issuance of agency franchises, enforcement of agency regulations and provision of guidance to SAG branches in agency matters.

Vet Fox tapped

SAG also announced that veteran AFTRA exec Nancy Fox has been tapped executive administrator for the union’s New York agency department. She fills the post previously held by Anthony LeGrand, who died last year, and will assume her duties in mid-January.

Macaluso and Fox will assume their posts amid an uncertain outlook for SAG’s relationship with agents due to the inability of negotiators to reach an agreement on new regulations for agents. SAG’s agency rules expired Oct. 20, triggering a 15-month termination period, and talks between the two sides collapsed Nov. 7.

SAG recently announced it expects to restart the talks soon, but no date has been set. The key issue remains the demand by agents to ease financial-interest rules that bar agents from owning or being owned by production companies. SAG leaders believe loosening those rules will create unacceptable conflicts of interest.

The union and the agents, represented by the Assn. of Talent Agents, also disagree over whether the expired rules still apply. The ATA has instructed members to operate “business as usual” in serving clients.

SAG spokesman Greg Krizman said Macaluso and Fox will play key roles in the ATA talks.

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