Veteran Labor lawyers upped to senior vice presidents at Sony Pictures


MUMBAI: Attorneys Helayne Antler and Mary Burke have been promoted to senior vice presidents in the Labor Relations Department.

The duo will report to Sony Pictures Entertainment executive vice president of labor relations Jean Bonini.

In her new position, Mary Burke will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the employment group in the Labor Relations Department. With staff in Culver City and London, the group advises on employment law matters worldwide. Burke has spent the last 11 years in the Labor Relations Department at Sony Pictures. She started at the company in 1998 after seven years with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in Los Angeles. Burke received her law degree from Georgetown and her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Helayne Antler oversees the company’s day-to-day labor group—negotiating, interpreting and administering collective bargaining agreements—with a team based in Los Angeles.  Antler has more than 20 years of collective bargaining experience.  She came to Sony Pictures in 2004, following 12 years at the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP) where she participated in the bargaining and administration of all major industry collective bargaining agreements including SAG, WGA, DGA, IATSE and Teamster Agreements.  Prior to the AMPTP, Antler spent 12 years at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) where she was chief negotiator for the New York branch of AFTRA in industry-wide negotiations involving the record industry, commercial industry, and the broadcast television and basic cable industry.  Antler earned her law degree from St. John’s University and her bachelor’s degree from New York University.