Tension greets SAG directors meeting

Oct. 21, 2006 at 12:39 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The turbulence enveloping the Screen Actors Guild for the past months was expected to affect SAG directors meeting Saturday in Los Angeles.

SAG President Alan Rosenberg said he sees recent infighting as a "struggle for power" over SAG control, the Los Angeles Times said Saturday. Rosenberg said many members want to "vote with their consciences," but there is another "entrenched and inflexible" group, the Times said.

Rosenberg is at odds with Kent McCord, a former SAG treasurer who backed Rosenberg's election. Their differences were visible recently when SAG's Hollywood branch elected McCord as the union's first national vice president over Anne-Marie Johnson, one of Rosenberg's strongest allies, the Times said.

With less than two years to go the actors' contract expires, the infighting comes at a crucial time during Rosenberg's presidency, the Times said. One of the issues facing Rosenberg, as the union's chief negotiator, is how talent is paid when movies and TV shows are distributed over the Internet, the Times said.

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