SAG Interim Nat'l Exec Director Hired as Permanent

05/25/2011 02:25 pm ET
  • Jonathan Handel Entertainment/Technology Attorney, TroyGould & Contributing Editor, The Hollywood Reporter (

SAG's Interim National Executive Director David White just got the
permanent gig and can drop "Interim" from his title. The vote on today
SAG's national board, which began meeting yesterday and is still
meeting today for a little while longer, was 70.91% in favor, I'm told,
which suggests that a few of the Membership First directors joined the
moderate coalition in appointing White to the job.

appointment is well-deserved: Not only is White a calming and smart
presence, but also he, John McGuire, Ray Rodriguez and others on the
SAG team have built a record of accomplishment over the last 8 mos. or
so, closing one deal after another, including, or course, the biggies
(TV/theatrical and commercials). Now the work begins for next round of
negotiations, which start in just under a year, believe it or not.