Pre-Convention Google Hangout with SAG-AFTRA


Applying for a job at a union station? Questions about safety and security on the job? Moving to a different market? Wondering about getting an agent? Have questions about your personal service contract?

AAJA’s Small Market Broadcast Journalists Group (AASMBJ) will be hosting a pre-convention Live Google Hangout with SAG-AFTRA to answer all of these questions and more so that you can make the most out of #AAJA17 in Philadelphia. Tweet questions @AASMBJ using #AAJAHangout!

  • When: Monday, June 26 at 5PM PST | 7PM CST | 8PM EST
  • Watch: Live streaming via the video below or on AAJA’s YouTube page

SAG-AFTRA Representatives

Mary_Cavallaro_4C.JPGMary 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). She 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. 

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. 



ADAM_MOORE_2017_HEADSHOT.jpgAdam Moore is National Director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Since joining Screen Actors Guild in 2005 as Associate National Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity, he has been responsible for developing and implementing a national diversity plan of action to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. Such efforts include the creation of educational programs, conferences, and workshops; development of public relations strategies; and the enforcement of non-discrimination and diversity provisions as outlined in the Union’s contracts. He has facilitated scores of panel discussions for various film festivals and industry organizations, as well as city, state and federal agencies, and guest lectured at colleges and high schools throughout the United States.

His insight and perspective has appeared on radio, in numerous publications and research papers around the world. He is proud to have served on President Barack Obama’s Disability Policy Committee during the 2008 Presidential Election and as liaison to the New York City Task Force on Diversity in Film, Television and Commercial Production. Born in Ames, Iowa, and raised in California’s Bay Area, Moore has spent the past 16 years in New York and currently lives with his wife and son in the Lower Hudson Valley.


AASMBJ Co-Directors

jiwanmall.jpgStephen Jiwanmall is a multi-media journalist, investigator and fill-in anchor at WTXL, the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee, Florida. In April 2017, Stephen earned a Florida Associated Press Broadcasters award for an in-depth report on youth homelessness. He earned his M.S. in broadcast journalism from Columbia Journalism School and his bachelor's degree from La Salle University. He is the vice president of AAJA's Florida chapter and was part of the 2013 AAJA VOICES program.




DianeThao_IMG3810_Fin_320.jpgDiane Thao is a multimedia journalist at KRNV News 4 in Reno, Nevada. She loves that being a reporter, you are at the frontline of documenting history. To be a voice for the voiceless has fueled her passion in journalism. She earned her Broadcast Journalism bachelor degree from San Francisco State University. She was also a part of the 2014 AAJA VOICES program