Los Angeles (April 12, 2007)—Screen Actors Guild today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Bennett as deputy general counsel based in SAG’s New York office, effective May 1, 2007. Bennett currently serves as counsel at SAG’s national headquarters in Los Angeles. In his new position, he will report to SAG General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland and will be responsible for managing the operations of the Guild’s New York-based legal staff, as well as oversight of all legal affairs and strategy in the eastern U.S.
Bennett came to the Guild in 2000 as a business representative in the Residuals Claims Department. He joined the Legal Department in 2002, where he played a pivotal role in the Judgment Realization Project team overseeing the Guild’s film foreclosures.
“Jeffrey’s Guild experience, valuable industry background and strong commitment to advancing the interests of actors make him the perfect choice,” SAG General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said. “I look forward to working closely with him to further the goals and objectives of the Guild.”
Prior to joining SAG staff, Bennett worked in business affairs at the William Morris Agency and in entertainment law as a partner in the law firm of Bennett, Callie and Helmer, where he represented creative artists. Currently an adjunct professor of entertainment law at the Western State University College of Law, Bennett received his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in California and his Bachelor of Arts in history from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.