Hawaii 2009:12

The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
December 2009

SAVE THE DATE

On Monday, January 18, we’re marching again in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade.
 
If you’re interested in marching with fellow SAG members,  e-mail bching@sag.org or call the office at (808) 596-0388.  Be sure to wear your SAG T-shirts. We have SAG T-shirts available for sale at the office for $10 each. Sizes M-XXL. Details for the parade to follow in a separate e-mail (time and place to meet).

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

If you are a new member or a member that needs an update, please be sure to attend an orientation meeting. New members, bring your membership packet. To RSVP for the meeting, e-mail bching@sag.org.  

January 14 at 4 p.m.
February 11 at 3 p.m. 
March 18 at 4 p.m.

Note: Each of these three meetings is on a Thursday at the SAG office, located at 949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105, Honolulu, HI  96814.

sag foundation

DALES SCHOLARSHIP
APPS NOW AVAILABLE

Soon to celebrate its 25th anniversary of service, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is once again happy to announce availability of applications for the John L. Dales Scholarship.

Just one of the non-profit foundation’s many free programs offered to assist, educate and inspire Guild members in their careers, lives and communities, the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund has helped qualified Guild members and their children reach their educational potential by providing more than $6 million in scholarships for study at accredited institutions of higher learning.

Two types of scholarships are available. Standard scholarships benefit eligible members and children of eligible members for college education. Transitional scholarships are designed to assist SAG members seeking further education to change careers.

Dales Scholarships are awarded specifically toward education at accredited and licensed universities, colleges, junior colleges, adult specialty schools or trade/vocational schools. Printable applications, as well as further details including eligibility guidelines, are currently available by clicking here. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2010, to qualify.

HAWAII BRANCH OFFICERS,
COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STAFF


Glenn Cannon, President

Lynne Halevi, Vice President

David Farmer, Secretary/Treasurer

Regina Bailey, Council Member

Katherine Cleveland, Council Member

Pamela Larson, Council Member

Rebecca Maltby, Council Member

John Nordlum, Council Member

Scott Rogers, National Board Member

Brenda Ching, Executive Director

HAWAII FRANCHISED AGENTS

ADR Model & Talent Agency
875 Waimanu St., Suite 607
Honolulu, HI  96814
Agent:  Ryan Brown
Sub-agent:  Nazarene Anderson
(808) 596-2524
ryan@adragency.com

Kathy Muller Talent & Modeling Agency
619 Kapahulu Ave.,Penthouse
Honolulu, HI  96815
Agent:  Kathy Muller
Sub-agent:  Joy Kam
(808) 737-7917
info@kathymuller.com

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
AND WEBSITES

Pension & Health    
(800) 777-4013   
sagph.org

General Information            
(800) 724-0767

SAG 24/7             
SAG.org

SAG/AFTRA Federal Credit Union 
(800) 826-6946   
aftrasagfcu.org

SAG Foundation   
(323) 549-6649   
sagfoundation.org

Hawaii Branch Office  
(808) 596-0388   
bching@sag.org

E-mail addresses: If your e-mail is not listed with SAG, you are not getting the latest news on productions and what’s going on with the Hawaii Branch.  If you have changed your e-mail address, please send us your new one so we can keep in touch with you.

Branch President’s Message

By Glenn Cannon

I want to wish all members and their loved ones a very happy holiday period and, hopefully, an economically better new year. I also am pleased to once again be your president for three more years.

With luck, it will be a profitable period artistically and financially for all of us!

National Board Member Report

By Scott Rogers

Aloha, I attended my first National Board meeting as your new National Board member. I had attended several meetings as Jim's alternate, which made things easier. It was also the first meeting for your newly elected national president and secretary-treasurer. National President Ken Howard was unable to attend due to a previous commitment, so our secretary-treasurer, Amy Aquino, convened the meeting. I can't tell you how impressed I was with Ms. Aquino. She ran a tightly controlled meeting, and we completed our agenda, which hasn’t always been the case in the recent past. She not only ran the meeting efficiently, but I also was impressed by how fairly she presided. I saw no favoritism and, in fact, she went out of her way to give everyone a fair hearing. President Howard addressed us via a video conference hook-up. He was encouraging and optimistic about our future. All I can say is that if this is our new leadership, in spite of our challenging recent past, I also am very optimistic about our future. SAG is moving forward once again! A hui ho!

A few words from your newly elected council members:

President Glenn Cannon:  See message above.

Vice President Lynne Halevi: “SAG Members, thank you so much for the confidence you have shown in me by re-electing me to the position of vice president. It is my pleasure to serve you.” 

Secretary-Treasurer David Farmer: “I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the board and our members. There is much work ahead, nationally as to our relationship with AFTRA and organizing the video game industry, and locally as to facilitating more productions in Hawaii and training our members to participate in them. Imua!”

National Board Member Scott Rogers: “I am honored and inspired to serve as your National Board member. I will strive to represent your interests to the National Board. Please contact me with your thoughts, ideas, suggestions. Mahalo nui loa.”

Council Member Regina Bailey: “Aloha! I have been a SAG member for 10 years, and I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve SAG as your councilmember at large.”

Council Member Pamela Larson: “I would like to express my deepest appreciation for your support for my re-election as board member for SAG of Hawaii. It is a great honor and privilege to represent and serve in a guild of such dignity, historical significance and empowerment for the entertainment industry and its members. I thank you for allowing me to stand beside you and am humbled to be among such talented and generous individuals.”

Council Member John Nordlum: “Thank you for allowing me to serve on the Hawaii SAG Board of Directors for another term. Jim Hutchinson gave me some good ideas on how to improve the Hawaii stunt community. I would like to follow through and apply those ideas.”

Hawaii Conservatory Update

We've had a very productive year in the conservatory. Lots of classes with lots of different teachers. The audition workshop on December 3  was sold out, and it looks like the first half of next year will be busy! We'll be looking for more teachers next year, so if you have ideas for teachers or classes that you would like, please send them to Brenda at bching@sag.org. Be sure to renew your conservatory membership so you can take advantage of lower prices and early notifications! If you attend three classes or more, you will have already saved more than the cost you paid to join!

Remember, on set is where you have to be good, and in class is where you get good!  See you in class....

Hawaii Film Office Update

The state film office will continue services under Creative Industries at DBEDT. Contact information remains the same.

2010 Legislative Session

At the 2010 legislative session, our focus will be on keeping Act 88 (tax incentive) intact.

Productions

The feature film The Descendants is scheduled to film here shortly after the new year.  No film date available.  The TV series Lost continues filming through May 2010.

SAG/AFTRA Hawaii Basic Minimum Commercials Contract

We have a new agreement for local commercials made and played in the state of Hawaii. The agreement and rate sheet are always available at SAG.org under the Hawaii Branch page's local production information.

2010 Negotiations: Your Input is Crucial

Every new year is filled with possibilities, and although SAG doesn’t have a crystal ball that can foretell the future, it does have the next best thing, and
that’s information.

Specifically, SAG will have three unique tools to add to its current body of research to inform next year’s TV/Theatrical negotiations: the Wages and Working Conditions process, member survey results and industry financial reports.

Early TV/Theatrical negotiations are scheduled to begin October 1, 2010, and run through November 15, 2010. If no agreement is reached in 2010, the June 30, 2011, expiration date will remain in effect.
 
Wages and Working Conditions

According to SAG contracts staff, Wages and Working Conditions committee meetings (the process where member committees around the country formulate proposals for possible inclusion in the final proposal package) should take place across the country beginning in either May or June of next year. The National Board will set dates for the Wages and Working Conditions process, likely in April of next year.

“We are eager to hear from you. Share your experiences and make your concerns heard,” says David White, the Guild’s national executive director and chief negotiator. “Such feedback is essential to our negotiations process.” Information from meetings will include the individual needs of performer groups.

New Media Work Experience Survey

Additional feedback will be gleaned through methods like the Guild’s New Media Work Experience Survey, currently available here.

Industry Financial Reports

Finally, hard numbers from producers will be available to SAG negotiators for the first time. The terms regarding initial compensation and residuals for work produced specifically for new media were of specific interest in the last round of negotiations. As a result of the 2009 ratified contract, SAG negotiators will have access to industry deals relating to the use of covered pictures in new media.

“Information is crucial, so the more we learn, the better we can advocate for members,” says Ray Rodriguez, SAG’s deputy national executive director
for contracts.”

Support the SAG Foundation

What is the Screen Actors Guild Foundation? The SAG Foundation is the charitable arm of SAG, dedicated to serving members and the larger community. The SAG Foundation provides numerous services to members. The foundation is separate from the Guild. It has its own board of directors and executive director. The foundation’s programs are funded through private donations, corporate gifts and bequests – not membership dues. 

The Hawaii Branch Board would like to solicit your support of the SAG Foundation by asking you to contribute whatever you can afford when you pay your SAG dues bill. No donation is too small.

Nearly every donor dollar in the foundation’s budget is spent directly on programs benefitting members and the community.

The foundation programs are: Conversations, Book Pals, LifeRaft, Catastrophic Health Fund, Internships for Special Students, Legacy Documentation, Membership Assistance and the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund. For more information on the foundation, go to sagfoundation.org or call (323) 549-6649.  Mahalo!