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
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."