Mary E. Cavallaro, Esq. serves as the Chief Broadcast Officer for the News & Broadcast Department of Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
Mary is responsible for overseeing the negotiation and administration of over 250 labor agreements with network and local broadcast employers nationwide. She chairs national negotiations for the Network News Agreements as well negotiations with employers with station and broadcast operations in multiple markets. In addition, Mary works directly with the SAG-AFTRA Broadcast Steering Committee on policy and matters of concern to broadcast members.
Prior to accepting her current position in the recently merged SAG-AFTRA, Mary worked for AFTRA for over thirteen years beginning in 1995 in Philadelphia where she served as Business Representative / Staff Counsel for the AFTRA Local and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Philadelphia Branch and later as a National Representative / Staff Counsel for AFTRA. She left AFTRA in 2006 for a private practice.
Mary was Of Counsel with the firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia representing media talent and creative professionals providing advice and counsel to clients regarding personal services contracts, production development, copyright, licensing and other intellectual property matters.
An adjunct professor at Drexel University’s Westphal School of Media Arts and Design, Mary teaches a graduate course in Media Law for Television Management and an undergraduate course in Media Law & Ethics. She has participated in career programs and panels sponsored by several journalism and communications schools, the Society of Professional Journalists, Unity, the Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.
Mary received her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law where she was a founding editor of the Villanova Law Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California.