'Masters' not able to swing SAG vote

LOS ANGELES: Despite campaigning by the "Masters of Disaster,

LOS ANGELES: Despite campaigning by the "Masters of Disaster,

last week, members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) voted down a proposed agreement with the Association of Talent Agents.

Former Clinton-Gore communications heavyweights Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane were hired by the 98,000-member actors union in January to promote a controversial deal that would have allowed talent agencies to hold stakes in advertising and production companies, and vice versa.

The measure was defeated by a 54.5% vote in spite of the heavy push from union leadership. This leaves SAG without a framework for negotiating with agents for the first time in more than 60 years. Fabiani and Lehane will continue working as consultants on other SAG issues, according to communications head Ilyanne Kichaven.

Meanwhile, SAG is fattening up its list of PR consultants. Last week, it hired Democratic lobbyist Darius Anderson, head of Platinum Advisors.

San Francisco-based Staton & Hughes Communications was also hired six weeks ago to help with the Global Rule One campaign, an effort to keep filmmakers from taking their productions outside the US. That initiative is scheduled to accelerate on May 1.

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