SAG ousts Hessinger

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hessinger, who had previously spent five years as CEO of SAG’s sister union, the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, was hired earlier this year by a board led by then-SAG President Melissa Gilbert. He was brought in to replace SAG’s previous CEO, Bob Pisano, who had become a lightning rod for criticism among certain board members who had long sought to oust him. While Pisano was paid out for the remainder of his contract, Hessinger was not offered the remaining $1.6 million on his contract. Sources said Sunday that SAG’s board was unhappy with some major hires made recently by Hessinger. He had also supported the merger of SAG and AFTRA, which was opposed by the new board leadership. Hessinger said Sunday that he was “honored” to work on behalf of SAG’s approximately 120,000 members, but said he expected the board to meet the terms of his contract. “While the board may have the right to choose its own chief executive, that right does not include the ability to repudiate a legally binding contract entered into in good faith,” he read from a prepared statement. “SAG members, who depend upon the enforcement of their own contractual protections for their very livelihood, should understand the sanctity of a contract. If their elected leaders choose not to do so, I will take all steps necessary to enforce my rights.” Greg Hernandez(818) 713-3758 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a surprise move Sunday, the national board of the Screen Actors Guild fired the union’s executive director and CEO, Greg Hessinger, just six months after he was hired. The action was announced by SAG President Alan Rosenberg, who was elected only last month but has been quick to assert himself and the priorities of a board dominated by reform-minded members of the historically divided union. “The national board has decided to make a change in our staff leadership that will allow us to focus our resources more intensely (on collective bargaining and organizing),” Rosenberg said in a statement. “We have great respect for Greg and are grateful to him for his service to the guild. We wish him well.” Peter Frank, currently SAG’s chief financial officer, was named interim national executive director Sunday. Rosenberg said a committee from among the national board has been created to select a replacement for Hessinger. last_img