SAG conflict issue arises

Appointee's dual roles no problem, guild sez

SAG’s Hollywood leaders have approved the appointment of Paul Petersen as their rep to the SAG-producers’ Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund, even though the board member heads an org providing services to an IACF-funded program.

The issue arose at this week’s Hollywood board meeting with board member Esai Morales asking about the propriety of Peterson’s appointment, after the IACF’s allocation of $150,000 to the Actors’ Fund’s “Looking Ahead” program to aid child actors in transitioning problems.

Petersen’s A Minor Consideration org, founded by the thesp to address issues for young performers, is listed as one of the advisers to the program.

“A Minor Consideration is proud to be collaborating with the Actors’ Fund of America in the implementation of ‘Looking Ahead,’ ” Peterson’s org stated recently.

Screen Actors Guild prexy Melissa Gilbert asserted there is no conflict in Peterson’s dual roles, and his appointment was approved by the Hollywood board, which also tapped board member Vivicca Whitsett. The New York board appointed Mike Hodge to serve as IACF rep.

On a lighter note, incumbent board member Seymour Cassel showed up attired in a striped prison uniform at the Hollywood board meeting Monday as a way of asserting his opinion that the board lacks concern for midlevel working actors in the wake of the recent election. Cassel is one of only eight winning candidates not endorsed by Gilbert.

“I’m the prisoner of an elitist board,” explained Cassel, who finished 24th of 109 candidates. Gilbert’s allies won 23 of the 31 Hollywood seats.

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