Meet the interviewer:
Jay Roth is the National Executive Director of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), which protects and extends the creative and economic rights of its 15,000 members working in the U.S. and abroad. Responsible for all the DGA’s activities and operations, Roth also leads the Guild in all its labor negotiations. Internationally, Roth directs DGA’s work with organizations representing directors, collecting societies, international authors groups, and other organizations similarly dedicated to protecting the rights of the director. He also oversees the Guild’s work with its members around the world.
Prior to being selected by the DGA’s National Board of Directors as the Guild’s National Executive Director in 1995, Roth practiced labor and entertainment law for 25 years. As the Managing Partner of Taylor, Roth, Bush & Geffner, he specialized in representing entertainment guilds, labor organizations, and pension, health and welfare funds in entertainment, bankruptcy, and transactional matters around the world.
Roth is a trustee of the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plan, which, jointly with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), administers a $2 billion pension and health fund for 17,000 participants and their families. Roth is Treasurer of the Motion Picture & Television Fund; a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has served as chair of the Labor Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Associations and as chair of the American Bar Association Airline-Railway Labor Law Committee. He was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The DGA recognized Roth with the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in 2008. In 2009, President Sarkozy of France named Roth a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.