Kichavan takes on tough PR role at SAG

LOS ANGELES: The Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) named Ilyanne Kichavan

as associate director of communications one week after the abrupt

departure of PR head Greg Krizman in mid-November.



Kichavan has done public relations consulting for the guild, which

represents 98,500 actors nationwide, since the spring of 2000. Before

accepting the new role, she was head of her own marketing and promotions

agency, IMK, which focused on entertainment clients such as Merchant

Ivory Films and Columbia TriStar.



Krizman - SAG's acting director of national communications since April

2000 - had been with the union for more than five years, guiding the

beleaguered guild's PR through crises such as a six-month commercial

strike and contract negotiations with the film and television

industries.



Krizman told trade paper Daily Variety that he was resigning to relocate

to Ohio, where he was raised.



Kichavan steps into her new position during a very public fight over

internal SAG elections.



Seventies TV stars Valerie Harper and Melissa Gilbert recently waged

rough campaigns for the guild presidency, with Gilbert winning the

November vote. However, the results of that election have been

questioned, with some guild members claiming the voting was not done

properly, and that more votes were counted in New York than there were

ballots submitted by guild members.



Gilbert addressed the in-fighting in her first presidential message,

given on November 20, and pledged to create "an atmosphere where ideas

are respectfully heard and considered. Where the collective wisdom of

everyone working together creates practical policies that protect actors

in an era where producers need to create more 'content' than ever."



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