×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jill Seltzer to head SAG Foundation

Non-profit vet steps into executive director role

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has tapped Jill Seltzer, a veteran of work for nonprofit orgs, as its new executive director.

Announcement was made Thursday by JoBeth Williams, foundation prexy. It comes five months after Marcia Smith, the longtime exec director resigned after 16 years and was succeeded on an interim basis by former SAG contract chief Sallie Weaver.

Seltzer most recently she served as VP of Institutional Advancement for WBEZ Chicago Public Media after stints at the Weingart Foundation in Los Angeles and as exec director of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation in Chicago.

The nonprofit SAG Foundation is funded and governed independently of SAG. Programs include emergency assistance to actors in times of financial and medical distress; a scholarship fund, LifeRaft, Conversations and Casting Access seminars and workshops; an online storytelling project; and BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) with 2,200 volunteers.

The foundation also opened an Actors Center in 2008 in the SAG HQ, offering use of a screening room, editing bays and workshop space. The foundation raised more than $1.2 million in relief funds for actors during the 2000 strike against the ad industry, with Nicolas Cage, Harrison Ford, Helen Hunt, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Spacey and Bruce Willis all making six-figure gifts to the fund.

Earlier this week, the SAG Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic and raised nearly $200,000. Participants included Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Baldwin, Gabriel Aubry, Tom Welling, Kevin Nealon, Michael Pena, Joe Pesci and host Joe Mantegna.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Alexander Skarsgard in the front rowGiorgio

    Film News Roundup: Alexander Skarsgard Joins 'Passing' With Tessa Thompson

    In today’s film news roundup, Taryn Manning, Shane West and Alexander Skarsgård have new roles, and Warner Bros. unveils a modernized logo. CASTINGS Alexander Skarsgård has signed on to join Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and André Holland in “Passing.” The film marks Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut and is based on a screenplay that Hall adapted [...]

  • Spike Lee

    Spike Lee to Direct Hip-Hop Love Story 'Prince of Cats'

    Spike Lee will direct a big-screen version of the hip-hop love story “Prince of Cats,” based on Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel. Legendary has been developing the project with Janet and Kate Zucker of Zucker Productions. Lee, who won the Academy Award for adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” will also re-write the “Prince of Cats” script with [...]

  • DOLEMITE IS MY NAME!, 2019, DOL_Unit_06284.RAF

    'Dolemite Is My Name' Writer Larry Karaszewski Recalls 10-Year Journey to Make Rudy Ray Moore Biopic

    “Harriet” writer-director Kasi Lemmons was in a reflective mood at Tuesday night’s “Behind the Scene” event at the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America West. The biopic, starring Cynthia Erivo as slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, has been receiving buzz since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s Lemmons’ [...]

  • Writers vs Agents Packaging War WGA

    Abrams Artists Agency Signs Writers Guild Deal

    In a major triumph for the Writers Guild of America, the Abrams Artists Agency has signed the WGA’s Code of Conduct, allowing the agency to return to representing WGA members again. Chairman Adam Bold made the announcement Wednesday, saying that the agency wants to put its clients back to work. He also noted WGA West [...]

  • Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis

    Holocaust Experts Debate 'Jojo Rabbit' at Museum of Tolerance Screening

    With its comedic, cartoonish portrayal of Nazis, Taika Waititi’s satirical Hitler youth tale “Jojo Rabbit” has polarized critics and audiences alike. And that division continued to be stirred at Tuesday night’s screening of the film at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where Liebe Geft, director of the museum, moderated a heated panel discussion [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content