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SAG shuffles legal eagles

White to become general counsel, Fair upped

HOLLYWOOD — Continuing his extensive reorganization of the Screen Actors Guild, CEO Bob Pisano has shuffled its top legal execs.

Pisano announced Wednesday that Mark Steinberg, who currently holds dual slots as general counsel and deputy national exec director for planning and external affairs, will move Aug. 12 to part-time status as SAG special counsel for law and policy.

SAG exec Pamm Fair will be promoted to the planning and external affairs post and David P. White, currently a labor attorney with O’Melveny & Myers, will become general counsel. Pisano, who took the SAG post last fall, was a partner at O’Melveny prior to becoming a studio exec.

SAG spokeswoman Ilyanne Kichaven said Steinberg, who joined SAG early this year, is going part-time to focus on activities outside SAG.

Move came a day after Pisano revealed that SAG would go from 25 to 15 offices as part of his expense-reduction campaign. More than a dozen top SAG execs have been reassigned or departed under Pisano’s tenure.

Fair, who joined SAG in March as national director of policy, planning and external affairs, will oversee national communications, legislative, specials projects and governance departments, reporting directly to Pisano. She had worked at AFTRA for 20 years before going to SAG.

Fair replaced Lance Simmens, who had been ousted by Pisano after the CEO tried unsuccessfully to convince SAG’s elected leaders to back off last year’s endorsement of the effort to seek penalties for producers who accept Canadian subsidies.

New general counsel

White’s resume includes gigs as exec director of nonprofit org Youth Opportunities Unlimited in Kansas City and a member of the Kansas Youth Authority. He also worked for the Dept. of Justice and as a consultant on urban development issues in England and South Africa.

“Although I regret that we will no longer have Mark available to us on a full-time basis, I feel fortunate to have had his help during the hectic and unpredictable first half of this year,” Pisano said. “I believe that Pamm and David have the capacity to fill the void and to contribute significantly to our efforts to structure and operate the guild in the most effective way possible.”

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