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Screen Actors Guild Retains Search Firm

The Screen Actors Guild has announced that Korn/Ferry Inter-national has been hired to assist the guild in its search for a new national executive director to replace Ken Orsatti, who retired in mid-January.

A committee of members of the national board of directors and staff last week met with representatives from Korn/Ferry International to discuss the search. SAG's national board has approved the retention of Korn/Ferry.

Korn/Ferry International, the world's leading recruitment company with 73 offices in 41 countries, works closely with clients to provide human capital solutions throughout North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America.

The firm focuses on senior-level executive searches, identifying CEOs, board members, and other top executives; on middle management recruitment through Futurestep, which combines the power of the Internet with proprietary assessment tools and search expertise; on college recruitment through JobDirect, the leading online resource to help fill the demand for college graduates and entry-level professionals; and on evaluating senior management teams through its management assessment business.

The firm has established an e-mail address concerning the SAG search:

A Negotiator Search

SAG is also continuing to seek a new negotiator to lead its contract talks, with an eye on taking the reins for the upcoming lucrative feature-film and TV talks with the major studios and networks.

SAG co-negotiates the pacts with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) which has its own bargainers.

SAG's traditional chief negotiator has been John McGuire, the guild's associate national executive director. But McGuire, at the time that Orsatti announced his retirement, told the guild national board that he—rather than replace Orsatti—wanted to take another, less active position with the guild.

SAG's board heard a report last week from the guild committee in charge of recommending a new bargainer. But the board agreed to get more information before making a decision.

William Daniels, SAG's national president, has recommended Bob Hadl for the job, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hadl is a veteran negotiator and consultant for the Writers Guild of America. However, THR reported Tuesday that former WGA west executive director Brian Walton appeared to be the front runner, having received the guild search panel endorsement.

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