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November 1, 2020IM -
The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) has added two key positions in response to the rapidly evolving industry environment and its impact on musicians working in film, television, and emerging media.
Frances Arricale has been named FMSMF’s general counsel. Arricale joins the Fund with career legal and executive experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her work in the entertainment industry includes prior service as attorney and director for financial solutions at Entertainment Partners, where she advised on tax incentives, financing, and production services contracts for film, television, and evolving digital platforms. As FMSMF general counsel, she will report to Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth and oversee all legal matters at the Fund, including enforcement of residuals claims and coordination of outside counsel activities.
Talar Yeretzian, formerly a senior manager at Entertainment Partners, joined the FMSMF staff as senior manager of contract compliance. Yeretzian will report to the director of contract compliance and oversee FMSMF’s in-house compliance coordinators and audit analysts with responsibility for residuals collections, film tracking and interpretation, and enforcement of residuals obligations under the AFM collective bargaining agreements. A 10-year veteran at EP, she brings expertise in payroll processing and interpretation of residuals provisions in the various guild and union agreements. She was a key contributor and subject matter expert to the EP/Exactuals paperless payroll and reporting initiative. Most recently, Yeretzian served as senior residuals analyst at Cast & Crew.
“Fran and Talar bring a wealth of experience that will benefit musicians working in a shifting regulatory, technological and business environment, made all the more tenuous by the current pandemic’s impact on the industry,” said Hedgpeth. “Further, as the Fund continues a major transformation of its data technology systems, these two talented women bring real-world experience in organizations undergoing technological change. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work in partnership with them as we move forward the Fund’s mission.”
Arricale joined the FMSMF staff on September 28, and Yeretzian’s new role began October 13.