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October 16, 2022

Executive Compensation at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (2020)

by Anne Paddock

The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists  (SAG) – is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 5 – a labor union – representing 160,000 media artists including actors, dancers, broadcast journalists, news writers, singers, performers, and other artists in the industry.

Governed by a national board with 79 independent voting members, SAG has an executive committee and 25 local boards and national and local committees comprised of members.

In 2020, SAG reported total revenue of $129 million, most of which came from membership dues ($108 million or an average of $700 annually from the 160,000 members).  Expenses totaled $122 million (not including $3 million in depreciation) with the largest expense reported to be compensation:  681 employees received $72 million in compensation which equates to an average compensation of $106,000.  However, only 145 employees received more than $100,000 with the most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $954,683:  David White, National Executive Director
  • $516,897:  Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, COO/General CO
  • $485,789:  Ray Rodriguez, Chief Contracts Officer
  • $467,300:  Mathis Dunn Jr, Associate National Executive Director
  • $453,302:  Arianna Ozzanto, CFO
  • $431,340:  Pamela Greenwalt, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
  • $388,865:  Tashia Mallette, Chief People Officer
  • $378,326:  Mary Cavallaro, Chief Broadcast Officer
  • $374,711:  Kathy Connell, Executive Producer, SAG Awards
  • $369,926:  Daniel Inukai, Chief Information Officer (thru 9/27/19)
  • $368,613:  Jeffrey Bennett, Executive Director, NY Local & Chief Deputy
  • $362,549:  David Viviano, Chief Economist
  • $346,550:  William Bensussen, Executive Director, Operations
  • $333,714:  Richard Larkin, Associate Executive Director, Labor Counsel
  • $325,548:  Javier Claros, Executive Director, Technology
  • $308,869:  Michelle Bennett, Executive Director, Governance
  • $275,440:  John McGuire, Senior Advisor

As illustrated above, the 17 most highly compensated employees received more than $7 million in compensation.  11 of the 17 (65%) most highly compensated employees are male while 6 of the 17 (35%) are female.

SAG paid for first class or charter travel. No other details are provided on the Form 990.

46 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the five (5) most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $5,058,700:  Avalon Harbor Entertainment, of Santa Monica, CA for production work
  • $1,507,196:  Bush Gottlieb, of Glendale, CA for legal services
  • $1,071,077:  Integrity Voting Systems, of Bellevue, WA for election services
  • $  977,991:  Talon Executive Services, of Costa Mesa, CA for security staff services
  • $  822,223:  Office Team, of Los Angeles, CA for temp staffing

To read the IRS Form 990 (2019 for the year ending April 30, 2020), click here.

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