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Russell Hollander to Succeed Jay Roth as Directors Guild National Executive Director

Russell Hollander will succeed the retiring Jay Roth as the Directors Guild of America’s national executive director.

The DGA’s national board unanimously selected Hollander, its current associate national executive director, at its meeting Sunday. Roth announced last month that he would be stepping down in the late spring after 22 years with the DGA.

Hollander has been with the DGA for 16 years. He will take on the new role in May while Roth remains with the guild as senior adviser.

“In this appointment, we ensure the continued strength and stability of our Guild,” DGA President Paris Barclay said. “Long committed to advancing the creative and economic rights of our members, Russ is a respected and accomplished leader with a strong track record of success on behalf of our membership and the industry. Together with his deep roots in our Guild, Russ brings the necessary combination of strategic thinking, negotiating prowess, labor law expertise, and appreciation of our craft to build upon the DGA’s strong foundation under Jay, well into the future.”

Hollander joined the DGA in 2001 as assistant eastern executive director. He formerly headed the Guild’s New York office before moving to its Los Angeles headquarters to take on an expanded national role in January of 2016, focusing on the national and international representation of directors.

The DGA said Sunday night that Roth and Hollander will work with the national board and councils, as well as senior executive staff, in the coming months to ensure a seamless transition.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected by the National Board to serve in this role, and a privilege to have learned so much from Jay whose guidance for directors and their teams has elevated the DGA to an industry leading position,” Hollander said. “The strength of our guild is derived from the unique collaborative structure they have crafted together, and we are well prepared to continue our trajectory of success.”

Roth was paid $888,173 in compensation during 2015, according to the most recent LM-2 report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor by the DGA. Hollander received $387,982.

During his tenure, Hollander has served as the DGA’s chief negotiator in six network negotiations with ABC, CBS, and NBC, in addition to four commercial negotiations with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. He’s also had oversight of enforcement of the guild’s collective bargaining agreements in the Eastern region, and national responsibility for non-dramatic programming, news, sports, commercials, and new media.

Prior to joining the DGA, he was a partner at Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, where he specialized in the representation of labor organizations and employee benefit plans. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

The DGA reps more than 16,000 members. Roth headed negotiations for a successor deal to its master contract, which was ratified by members in January.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which serves as the negotiating arm for Hollywood’s production companies, issued a statement Monday praising Hollander:

“The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers congratulates Russ Hollander on his appointment as National Executive Director of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Having worked with Russ for many years now, we know that the membership of the DGA is fortunate to have a leader who is so deeply committed to its welfare.  Although the AMPTP and the DGA frequently have different perspectives, both of our organizations have a mutual commitment to growth and stability in the industry. We look forward to working with Russ for many years to come in furtherance of that commitment.”

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