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SAG extends Pisano’s deal

Contract runs from Sept. 2004 until 2007

The Screen Actors Guild’s national board of directors approved a three-year contract extension for national executive director-CEO A. Robert Pisano at its meeting Friday. 

Contract runs from September 2004 to September 2007. Reappointment comes just before the guild’s negotiations for its theatrical/TV contract, which expires June 30.

“We are delighted that Bob Pisano has agreed to continue with the guild as our chief executive officer,” said Said SAG prexy Melissa Gilbert.  “Bob’s contributions during the past two years have been extraordinary.  As a result of his leadership, and that of the outstanding team he has assembled, we are more responsive than ever before in our history to the needs of our members and to the demands of an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

It has not been an easy job for Pisano, hired just over two years ago for his experience as a studio exec at MGM and Par. In October, Pisano negotiated his first contract for the union — its commercials agreement — abandoning the confrontational approach employed by the union in 2000 that lead to a six-month strike and instead focusing largely on wages and health-care contributions. The result yielded modest gains for commercials work in an uncertain economy and a ratification by 95% of the union.

Pisano commented, “I am grateful for the board’s vote of confidence in my work and look forward to building upon what I have learned about the guild and its membership over the past two years. Coming as it does on the cusp of our negotiations for a new industry contract, their action sends the message that we will arrive at the bargaining table as a strong, cohesive and confident negotiating team.”

A spokeswoman for SAG declined to name the terms of the contract.

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