Screen Actors Guild board fires Doug Allen -- again
Think of it as a repeat of the swearing-in of President Obama in "an excess of prudence."
The Screen Actors Guild board voted for a second time to oust former executive director Doug Allen and replace the union's negotiating committee with a newly appointed task force dominated by moderates.
The move was widely anticipated, given that the board had previously taken such a vote last month by means of a "written assent."
That action, however, was challenged in a lawsuit filed last week by SAG President Alan Rosenberg and three other directors. Rosenberg has been a staunch ally of Allen and had refused to accept the board's appointment of David White as interim executive director and John McGuire as SAG's new chief negotiator. Last week, a judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order, saying the board had acted within its rights.
Sunday's vote -- supported by 59% of the 71-member board -- delivers a further blow to Rosenberg's legal challenge, which had threatened to delay a resumption in long-stalled contract negotiations with the studios. Talks are expected to resume on Feb. 17.
-- Richard Verrier