SAG’s Hollywood division board has tapped activist David Jolliffe to fill the remainder of Justine Bateman’s term on the guild’s national board of directors.
Jolliffe, one of the leaders of the hardline Membership First faction, served as chairman of SAG’s feature-primetime negotiating committee for a year until the panel was abolished last January. Board moderates, who were frustrated by the lack of progress in reaching a deal with the congloms, replaced the committee with a new task force as part of firing Doug Allen as national executive officer.
Jolliffe’s appointment was approved Monday night by the Hollywood board, which remains under the control of Membership First. He finished 54th out of 80 candidates who ran for board slots last fall, when the moderates wrested control of the board from Membership First.
When she resigned recently, Bateman blasted the moderates and AFTRA, asserting that she no longer wanted to be bound by the guild’s nondisparagement agreement with its sister union. Her term expires in September, when SAG’s elections take place.