Possible cuts strike controversy
Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild have set Aug. 16 for a confab to once again tackle the explosive issue of shrinking its board size and giving Hollywood members a thin majority on the panel.
SAG’s national board, beset by deep divisions, were unable earlier this week to even agree to vote on a proposed plan that would cut the size of the board from 107 to 62, with Hollywood having 32 slots in line with its 54% share of members.
SAG prexy William Daniels told the board at the end of the eight-hour meeting that he would schedule another meeting for the sole purpose of voting on the plan. Advocates say the proposal is crucial for SAG to run more efficiently and for Hollywood members to have more than a representation of 46%.
They also plan to launch a referendum drive for a special election to decide on the plan, an action that would be triggered by collection of about 10,000 signatures or 10% of SAG’s membership.
Officers repping branches outside Los Angeles successfully blocked the plan in April by a 52-50 vote and have claimed that passage will lead to branches being closed, an allegation denied by Hollywood reps. The plan calls for some of SAG’s smaller branches to be repped by a single seat on the board.
The issue received a strong endorsement as one of dozens of cost-cutting recommendations in last year’s Towers Perrin report, with that document suggesting that the board size be cut to 40.