Pamm Fair resigns from SAG post

Exec exits as deputy national executive director

Pamm Fair, one of the top execs at the Screen Actors Guild, is resigning from her post as deputy national exec director at the end of the year.

SAG made the announcement Friday without explaining why she’s departing after seven years at the guild, where budgetary concerns have emerged this year. SAG said Friday no immediate replacement will be named to her position and noted Fair will remain on staff through the end of the year to transition her responsibilities.

National exec director David White and SAG prexy Ken Howard issued statements thanking Fair for her service.

Fair’s responsibilities had been in the legislative arena, organizing and supervising the guild’s public communications. She joined SAG in 2002 as legislative director following a long career as an exec at the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, replacing Lance Simmens in that slot after he was ousted by then-SAG topper Bob Pisano.

Fair has remained affable in dealings with members and the media throughout her tenure, which covered five different exec directors — Pisano, Greg Hessinger, acting director Peter Frank, Allen and White. SAG’s biggest legislative accomplishment during Fair’s tenure came early this year as part of a Hollywood coalition that persuaded the California Legislature to launch a five-year incentive program with $100 million in annual tax credits for filmmakers who shoot in California.

“During her time with the guild, Pamm directed key efforts ranging from communications to high profile outreach,” White said Friday. “Over the last several years she has been engaged in redefining the guild’s new-media initiatives, organizing efforts and legislative advocacy on key guild issues. Her contributions to the guild have been varied and significant and I thank her for her dedicated service. I know I speak for all of us in wishing her continued success in this next phase of her journey.”

SAG’s national board voted last month to give White a two-year deal, removing the interim tag from his title. White was installed last January as SAG’s top exec after the national board fired Doug Allen.

According to SAG’s annual report to the federal government, Fair received $301,864 in compensation for the fiscal year ended April 30. Allen was SAG’s top-paid exec at $647,403.

SAG’s hasn’t disclosed White’s pay but it’s understood his annual salary is about $420,000 per annum — a reduction he requested from his one-year deal as the interim chief, partly due to the 35 staff slots that were cut earlier this year as a result of a deficit.

SAG’s revenues from member dues appear to be on the decline. It recently told its members that actor earnings covered by employer contributions to its pension and health plans had declined 2.5% last year to $2 billion; the plans’ CEO said last month that those contributions were off 10% – 11% this year.

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