SAG flooded by board plans

Recommendations range from slashing slots to doing nothing

A plethora of plans has been submitted for official review on the sticky question of revamping the 107-member Screen Actors Guild national board.

The 21 recommendations, submitted as of an Aug. 23 deadline, reflect a dizzying array of approaches to the hot-button issue. They include suggestions ranging from slashing the panel to 30 slots to allowing only half the members to attend each meeting to no change at all.

The idea of revamping the board arose 16 months ago when the SAG-commissioned Towers Perrin report recommended a board of 40 as a way to cut more than $650,000 in annual expenses.

SAG’s national board voted Aug. 16 to return the matter to its governance work team with instructions to review all plans and make a recommendation at the Oct. 13 board meeting to “more accurately” reflect SAG’s membership.

A coalition of reps from Gotham and regional branches has blocked attempts to cut the panel to 62 and raise Hollywood’s share from 46% to 53.5% to reflect the region’s actual proportion of members; but that plan — originated by the governance team — has been resubmitted. Some advocates of that plan, contending the board’s latest action is a pretext to continue delaying, have launched a referendum to take the issue directly to members.

Other plans include: 30 members (as proposed by board member Rick Barker); proportional representation (board member Eugene Boggs); 30-40 members (board member Bob Carlson); 84 members (Chicago branch council); a national board like the House of Representatives and national executive committee like the U.S. Senate (board member Roy Costley); 65 members (Boston president Michael Fennimore); and proportional representation (Florida branch council).

Still other plans include: 65 members (board member Steve Fried); 50 members (member Christopher Garrett); 86 members (member Michael Greggans); no change (Hawaii branch council); several plans (Colorado branch prexy David Hartley-Margolin); remove all deadlines (member Todd Hissong); 48 members (member Dave Kappas); 100 members with half attending each meeting (board member Diane McBain); 88 members (member Jack Shaw); 60 members (New York exec director John Sucke); and 40 members (member Doug Traer).

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