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CEO ankles Mirage Entertainment

I wanted to be back in L.A. and New York, Gallin sez

Sandy Gallin, chairman and chief executive officer of Mirage Entertainment and Sports, has resigned his position after 16 months on the job.

Gallin, a top talent manager and film and television producer before taking the Mirage Entertainment position, said he wanted to spend more time in Los Angeles and New York.

“It was becoming increasingly obvious that the job demanded that I spend the vast majority of my time based in Las Vegas,” said Gallin. “Following my recent bypass surgery, I realized that I wanted to be back in Los Angeles and New York, where I have spent my entire personal and professional life. It’s that simple.”

Gallin underwent quadruple bypass surgery during the summer.

Steve Wynn, chairman of Mirage Resorts, praised Gallin for bringing top talent to Mirage entertainment productions. Wynn and Gallin recently announced a collaboration with Broadway composer Jerry Herman, who is composing a new musical, “Miss Spectacular,” for the Mirage.

Earlier this year, Gallin said that in bringing legit stage productions to Las Vegas, his goal “is to create shows that are better than what you can see on Broadway or anywhere else in the world.”

“For the past 16 months, Sandy and I have been working together on a daily basis, and I’ve loved every minute of it,” said Wynn. “Because of his relationships and experience in the entertainment industry, we have covered an enormous amount of ground in a short time.”

As a producer, Gallin’s credits include the Academy Award-winning documentary, “Common Threads,” and box office hits such as “Father of the Bride,” “Fly Away Home,” “Sabrina,” and the TV series, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”