Both hotel security and a quick visit from Los Angeles police were required for the Screen Actors Guild to get through its first day of national meetings.
The latest feud between top execs and elected leaders reflects the intense factionalism gripping SAG — disputes that some fear may get in the way of important upcoming negotiations with studios and nets. In this case, associate national exec director John McGuire kicked 2nd VP Lisa Scarola out of a finance committee meeting at the Sheraton Universal.
The standoff led to McGuire summoning hotel security and Scarola responding by asking the LAPD to intervene. After reviewing the situation, officers told both sides to resolve the dispute on their own, which led McGuire to hold the meeting in his hotel suite as Scarola told the committee that she will complain to the national board later this week.
New York president Scarola insisted her status as a national officer gives her the right to attend any standing committee meeting as an ex-officio nonvoting member; SAG spokesman Greg Krizman, speaking for McGuire, insisted that the finance committee is not a standing committee and has not allowed ex-officio participation in the past. Scarola also said she needed to attend because of possible inaccuracies in committee reports.