La Grua to serve as deputy director

Exec fills slot left by Weaver

SAG has promoted contracts exec Tom La Grua to serve as interim deputy national executive director for contracts, succeeding the retired Sallie Weaver in the slot.

The guild said La Grua will oversee its single largest department, which has a staff of about 200, while it conducts a search for a permanent replacement for Weaver. SAG’s also searching for a national exec director with former CFO Peter Frank having been elevated to that post on an interim basis last fall after SAG leaders fired Greg Hessinger.

Frank made the announcement of La Grua’s promotion from the post of national director of contract strategy on Wednesday. Move comes with SAG facing expiration of its commercials contract in five months while its film-TV contract expires in June 2008.

SAG’s leaders agreed last month to the general outlines of a deal with the ad industry that would extend the commercials contract for at least a year, during which a study would be conducted on the impact of new revenue platforms such as cellphones and iPod downloads. But that pact and SAG’s support of the study haven’t been finalized.

La Grua was hired in 2002 after 25 years as a SAG member. He was paid $132,802 in fiscal year 2004, according to SAG’s most recent filing with the federal government.

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