SAG hires Masters of Disaster to push controversial deal

LOS ANGELES: The Screen Actor's Guild has tapped two former Clinton-Gore communications pros to help sell a controversial contract to members.

LOS ANGELES: The Screen Actor's Guild has tapped two former Clinton-Gore communications pros to help sell a controversial contract to members.

SAG hopes that Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane - the "Masters of Disaster" - can help convince SAG's 98,000 members that a proposed deal with talent agents which ends the ban on agents holding stakes in production companies or vice versa is in their best interest. Actors have long felt such a deal could potentially have them working for those paid to represent them - a clear conflict of interest.

Fabiani and Lehane have served in key advisory roles to Vice President Al Gore. Most recently, both were involved in a PR scandal over a $30,000-per-month contract with Gov. Gray Davis (D-CA), who hired them to help during the energy crisis.

SAG has been in disarray for months over election improprieties which have led to a bitter rematch in the presidential fight between Valerie Harper and current president Melissa Gilbert.

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