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Cinematographers Guild Taps Rebecca Rhine as Exec Director

Veteran labor executive Rebecca Rhine has been named the new national executive director of the 7,700-member International Cinematographers Guild.

Rhine will succeed Bruce Doering, who has held the post for 30 years, on Dec. 1. ICG president Steven Poster made the announcement at the guild’s national executive board meeting.

Rhine becomes the first woman to hold the post at the ICG, which operates as Local 600 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and is the largest local on the West Coast. Her responsibilities will include negotiating and administering the local agreement with the major producers, supervising a full-time staff of 50 and working closely with other IATSE locals.

Rhine is leaving her post as executive director of Municipal Executives Assn., which represents managers in the city and county of San Francisco, a position she held for eight and a half years. She also served as northern area director of SEIU Local 1000 and as assistant national executive director of AFTRA involved with national oversight of public policy and strategic planning between 2002 and 2005.

She has also served as executive director of AFT University Council, representing lecturers and librarians on the nine University of California campuses, and served for more than ten years as executive director of an AFTRA/SAG Local in San Francisco.

“Given the complexity and uniqueness of the ICG, our Guild is extremely fortunate to have an executive of Rebecca’s stature take the position that Bruce Doering filled so well for 30 years,” Poster said.

Rhine said in a statement: “I am extremely gratified for the opportunity to join such a creative and distinguished organization and look forward to building on the substantial progress made by the Guild on a wide range of industry issues that impact working men and women.”

The search process was handled by the ICG’s national officers in collaboration with the executive search firm Korn Ferry.

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