IRVINE, California, February 10, 2014 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced the successful appointment of Ms. Julia Nicholson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans based in Studio City, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner, and Bill Brewer, Principal Consultant at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Bull and Mr. Brewer, “Julia’s long-standing executive leadership experience, combined with her expert knowledge of Taft-Hartley plans and her focus on servicing plan participants will position her to make a tremendous impact on the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans. These plans have over $7B in assets that impact over 55,000 active participants and over 115,000 people who have left active work. Julia is the right leader to partner with the 30+ Board members in ensuring the participants are properly served.”

Ms. Nicholson is a seasoned pension, health and welfare executive, having spent her career with the UFCW & Employers Trust, the Central Valley Schools Health and Welfare Trust, as well as consulting for William M. Mercer, Inc. in their Public Sector Practice. She has served as a Board Committee Member for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and has been an Instructor for the Board Governance session of the Certificate of Achievement on Public Plan Policy program (CAPPP).

Ms. Nicholson obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in both Finance and Management & Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri. She also earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.

About the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans

The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans ( are trust funds established by collective bargaining agreements between many of the unions and employers in the motion picture production industry. They are primarily supported by employer contributions as provided by these agreements. The Agreement establishing the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan was signed on October 20, 1952 and the Agreement establishing the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan was signed on October 26, 1953, by various employers in the Motion Picture Industry and over 40 Unions and Guilds representing employees in the Motion Picture Industry.

Contributions are received from employers engaged in the production of motion pictures or engaged primarily in the business of furnishing materials or services for motion picture productions which have entered into a collective bargaining agreement(s) with one or more participating union(s). Although maintained as two separate legal entities, beginning in 1990, the two Plans merged to form the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans.

The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans headquarters are located in Studio City, CA and has an office in New York, NY.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Technology, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Restaurants/Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Kaiser Aluminum, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, and Union Bank.