Rosenberg bent on SAG second act


SAG president Alan Rosenberg, who was mulling whether to stand for re-election, confirmed Thursday that he has decided to seek another two-year term.

"I'm proud of a lot of the work I've done this year, and I would love to be able to follow through on it with one more term," Rosenberg said. "I'm excited about (national executive director) Doug Allen's coming aboard starting Monday, and I would love to join him at the negotiating table in the 2008 contract negotiations, working on behalf of our members."

Leading the nearly 120,000-member guild since September 2005, Rosenberg previously had said that he wanted to discuss his future plans with his wife, actress Marg Helgenberger, and other family members. His unpaid post imposes great time demands, but his family has given him full backing to seek another term, he said.

"This is the fun stuff," Rosenberg said after a day marked by a predawn rise to announce nominations for the SAG Awards with actors Sandra Oh and Elijah Wood.

But if some of the guild president's first term was less fun -- he blasted the ouster of first national vp Anne-Marie Johnson in October, for instance -- Rosenberg said he is looking forward to tackling the many remaining challenges.

Those include preparations for negotiations for the guild's main film and TV contract, which expires in June 2008. Specifically, new-media residuals are expected to be a key negotiating area, and SAG execs already are huddling over issue strategy.

Allen was hired in October after a yearlong candidate search to fill the guild's top staff position. He was assistant executive director of the NFL Players Assn.

It's unclear whether another candidate might emerge to challenge Rosenberg in the next round of balloting for the guild's top elected offices. SAG races tend to be marked by factional disputes, but Rosenberg has mounted a major effort at mending fences among disparate constituencies and has visited 18 of SAG's far-flung regional branches during his first term.