Screen Actors Guild makes White permanent director

LOS ANGELES (AP) - October 19, 2009 The guild said in a news release Sunday that White has also been named the union's chief negotiator.

White got the interim director job after a boardroom coup by moderates in January ousted previous executive director and chief negotiator Doug Allen during the union's long labor struggle with Hollywood studios.

John McGuire - who had been serving as chief negotiator for the guild - will remain as a senior adviser.

White was managing principal of the Los Angeles consulting firm Entertainment Strategies Group before joining SAG earlier this year.

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