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GALLO BACK AT WGAE

Ruth Gallo has returned to the WGA East as the guild's new assistant executive director. Gallo, former associate counsel from 1989-2003, returned Monday, replacing Ann Toback, who left in May.

MBA SUES BASS

The Marc Bass Agency has filed suit against its former founding agent, Marc Bass, claiming that he embezzled more than $270,000 in client trust funds. Bass resigned from the agency June 4. According to the lawsuit, Bass allegedly took checks payable to MBA clients and deposited them into the agency's operating account rather than its trust account. He then allegedly withdrew the cash. According to MBA, a criminal investigating against Bass also is pending.

GOOGLE ADDS CFO

Google said Wednesday that it has named Patrick Pichette its new CFO to replace George Reyes, who retired in December. He starts Aug. 1.

RIGAS REDUCTIONS

A U.S. judge reduced the prison sentences of Adelphia founder John Rigas and his son Timothy after an appeals court threw out one count of their convictions. The prison sentence of John Rigas, 83, was reduced from 15 years to 12 years, and the sentence of Timothy Rigas, 52, who served as the former CFO of Adelphia, was reduced from 20 years to 17 years. The Rigases plan to appeal the ruling immediately, saying their remaining sentences are still too long, according to their attorney. The pair were convicted by a jury in 2004 of concealing loans and stealing millions from the cable operator.
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