Dissident actors challenge SAG leaders in election

July 23, 2008 5:36:28 PM PDT
A group of actors dissatisfied with stalled contract talks plans to run for seats on the Screen Actors Guild's board of directors. The 31 actors are campaigning under the name Unite for Strength and are challenging the leadership of guild president Alan Rosenberg.

They object to the gap that opened between SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists during talks with Hollywood studios this summer.

SAG urged AFTRA members to vote against a contract proposal they later approved that is now before SAG.

The Unite for Strength actors hope to shift the balance of power with the Sept. 18 election.

"Private Practice" stars Kate Walsh and Amy Brenneman are part of the slate.