RSA staffers leave in wake of ad

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In the wake over the controversy surrounding an ad that RSA USA ran lampooning the striking Screen Actors Guild, the production company fired film director Marcus Nispel, executive producer Linda Ross and Creative Management Partners, a company representing RSA USA, according to person close to the production company. A spokeswoman for RSA USA, which is owned by film directors Ridley and Tony Scott, wouldn't confirm or deny the allegation, but said the company would be issuing a news release shortly about the matter. An unidentified person at RSA USA who answered a phone call to Ms. Ross said she didn't work there any longer. Executives at CMP didn't return a phone call. The print ad was placed by Mr. Nispel two weeks ago in the TV commercial production newsweekly Shoot. It featured a photo of a woman's breasts with the caption "In South Africa, this is what SAG means.'' SAG members responded by picketing the West Hollywood, Calif., office of RSA USA, and the Scott brothers issued a statement saying, "We knew nothing about this ad and are as upset, sickened and appalled by it as anyone else.''

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