Zell tops Publicists Guild

Fox publicity director replaces Crane as prexy

Fran Zell, publicity director for 20th Century Fox Intl., has been elected prez of the Publicists Guild of America.

Zell, who replaces Ed Crane, will head a slate of officers serving three-year terms rather than the current two, conforming with rules established by the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Others elected were ABC’s Dan Doran, who will serve a second term as first vice president; unit publicist Sheryl Main, Western veep; freelance publicist Ted Albert for a third term as Eastern veep; Warner Bros. photo editor Jess Garcia, third term as treasurer; and independent publicist Leonard Morpurgo, recording secretary.

Unit publicist Joan Eisenberg, Disney publicity director Arlene Ludwig, Paramount publicist Tim Menke and field publicist Jack Scanlan will fill the four trustee slots on the guild’s executive board.

Guild members elected to serve as delegates to IATSE’s District 2 convention in San Diego on May 22-23, and the union’s triannual international convention in Chicago in July 2000, are Garcia, Menke, Morpurgo, former guild president Henri Bollinger and the publicists’ business representative Marlene Mattaschiam.

They will all be installed May 12.