Gotham-based vet to continue efforts in int'l copyright law, foreign levies

The Screen Actors Guild has tapped longtime associate national exec director John McGuire to take the newly created position of guild senior adviser.

Announcement formalizes the April decision by SAG’s national board to give McGuire a senior adviser post, once a new national exec director comes on board. Robert Pisano was tapped national exec director-CEO on Sept. 10.

McGuire began working at SAG in 1969 and was promoted up the ranks before he was named associate national exec director slot in 1982.

SAG said Gotham-based McGuire is expected to continue efforts in international copyright law and foreign levies along with continuing as SAG’s rep to industry orgs such as other unions, the Federacion Intl. de Actores, Intl. Committee of Entertainment & Media Unions, American Museum of the Moving Image and Council of Motion Picture and Television Unions.

“John’s passion for performers, depth of knowledge of SAG and the issues facing this organization and his experience in the entertainment labor arena are remarkable resources that will be put to significant use. I’m sure SAG members are as delighted as I am with John’s continued close association with the guild,” Pisano said.

McGuire refused a year ago to succeed Ken Orsatti as national exec director because he did not want to leave New York and was aiming to reduce his workload. SAG said McGuire will be available to advise on negotiations and policy initiatives, and as a resource to department heads.

“I have greatly valued my association with SAG since 1969 and look forward to working with Bob Pisano to fulfill SAG’s mission to become the most respected and effective union in the entertainment industry,” McGuire said.

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