Hawaii 2010:09

The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
September 2010

NEXT NEW-MEMBER
ORIENTATION DATES

• Thursday, October 7
• Tuesday, November 9

Meetings start at 3:30 p.m. and will be at the SAG office, located at 949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105, Honolulu, HI  96814. Please RSVP with bching@sag.org, or call (808) 596-0388 if you plan to attend. Be sure to bring your new member packet.

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LIFE ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD WILL GO
TO BORGNINE 


Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild’s most prestigious accolade, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. A former National Board member, Borgnine, has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances. He will be presented the award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT.

In making the announcement August 18, Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard said, “Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career. It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity.”

For more about the honoree, click here.

SAG AGENT OF THE MONTH


Who will be the next SAG Agent of the Month?

Hey, SAG performers! Are you represented by a terrific, franchised agent who you believe does not get the recognition that he or she deserves? Is your agent always there for you, guiding your career, advising you, watching your back, and generally being a mensch without much fanfare or praise? Well, now is your chance to change all of that!

Let us know why your agent is the best agent out there and he or she may be the next SAG Agent of the Month. Tell us (and the world) in your own moving way why your agent is special to you. Share with us your personal anecdotes/ stories about how your agent deserves to be singled out and honored by the Guild. And, if chosen, SAG will run a picture of your agent (and you!) celebrating your agent’s star status as SAG Agent of the Month.

Mention this program to your fellow SAG performers, and keep those letters coming. We will choose a different agent at the start of every month and feature the honoree on SAG’s website for the world to see. With your help, your agent can finally get some richly deserved kudos!

Send entries by e-mail to agentquestion@sag.org, or by mail to:

SAG Agent of the Month
SAG Agency Department
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90036
 

We look forward to hearing from you!

SAG-FRANCHISED
AGENTS IN HAWAII

ADR Model & Talent Agency
45-1123 Kamehameha Hwy., Suite D
Kaneohe, HI  96744
Agent: Ryan Brown
Subagent: Nazarene Anderson
Phone: (808) 596-2524
Fax: (866) 702-2524
Email: info@adragency.com

Kathy Muller Talent & Modeling Agency
619 Kapahulu Avenue, Penthouse
Honolulu, HI  96815
Agent: Kathy Muller
Subagent:  Joy Kam
Phone: (808) 737-7917
Fax: (808) 734-3026
Email: info@kathymuller.com

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Screen Actors Guild Hawaii Branch Celebrates its 25th Anniversary at Annual Membership Meeting 

When: Monday, September 20
Where: Studio 909 located at 949 Kapi′olani Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii  (limited parking)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
A special 25th anniversary gift will be given to members!


Agenda:
• 6:30 p.m., pupus and refreshments
• 7 p.m., business meeting, installation of elected council member and pinning ceremony for new members
• 8:15 p.m., guest speaker: Georja Skinner, chief officer, Hawaii Creative Industries Division and acting film commissioner

Please RSVP at bching@sag.org or call (808) 596-0388, then select 1# to leave a message, no later than Friday, September 17.

The membership meeting is only open to paid-up SAG members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG MEMBERSHIP CARD (PAID THRU OCTOBER 31, 2010) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Branch President’s Message

By Glenn Cannon

Hawaii SAG members, this year may well be the very best for our state regarding films and TV series. I've been here living and working since 1968, and the years of Hawaii Five-O (1968-80) and Magnum P.I., which followed in the 1980s, were thought to be terrific years. (I had recurring roles in both series, and therefore was very happy.) But these years, on average, don't come near the volume of work that is pouring into our state currently. Relish it, and let's hope it continues and that the TV series already shooting or slated to begin filming shortly are successful and will be resident here for years, turning into considerable work for all of us.

A note: When a casting director or producer calls you regarding booking you on a SAG job, make sure that they officially book you (hire you). The words "using you," “holding you,” “pinning you,” or something similar is hopeful, but not officially a definitive hire. If you have questions about whether you have been definitely engaged within the meaning of our collective bargaining agreement, please contact Brenda Ching, Hawaii Branch Executive Director at (808) 596-0388 or bching@sag.org.

National Board Member Report

By Scott Rogers

I was in New York on July 24 attending the July Regional Branch Division and National Board meeting. We were updated on the status of the upcoming SAG - AFTRA Joint TV/Theatrical Contract negotiations. Through the Wages and Working Conditions process, we were able to take a look at proposals from across the country, thanks to Branches meeting to discuss their desires for the next TV/Theatrical Contract. Much of this information is confidential, but I can say that our union is addressing many of the concerns of our membership.

We received an exhaustive financial report, which essentially told us that we were in better-than-expected territory. The financial news was very welcome after the reports of the last few years. We seem to be rounding the corner and moving ahead. Our relationship with AFTRA has also improved as evidenced by the fact that we are once again negotiating together and moving forward toward merger, at last. Overall, the reports were optimistic in tone and the future for actors looks bright once again.

Battleship’s Meet and Greet

By Becky Maltby

It’s an actor’s dream to walk into a room full of fellow actors and be singled out by a casting director who holds out her hand saying, “I want to meet you!” That’s exactly how it happened for many who attended the ”meet and greet” with Battleship casting director Judy Bouley, which was held for SAG members on July 14. Bouley was all smiles as she eagerly mingled with the members who attended the event, asking some (with the right look for one of a handful of speaking roles) to call the next day to set up an audition. She even provided sides to take home.

She and assistant Katie Doyle were very encouraging throughout the process, clearly making every effort to use as many union members as possible in the film, which needs some 3,500 background actors throughout September and October.

Bouley expressed her gratitude to Hawaii Branch Executive Director Brenda Ching. This was the first time in Bouley’s career, which spans more than two dozen films, that she has been invited to meet SAG members in a new city at the onset of the casting process. A big mahalo to Brenda for providing us this opportunity!

Committee Reports

Wages and Working Conditions Committee Report
By Scott Rogers
Hawaii W&W Chair


The Hawaii Branch Wages & Working Conditions Committee met twice in July. We reviewed and discussed the ideas submitted by the membership and several of our own. We voted in favor of several proposals, and we also voted to support proposals submitted from other Branch committees. The actual proposals are confidential, for obvious reasons, but know that they come from the rank-and-file working members of the union from across the country.  I would like to point out that although we sent out a request to our Hawaii membership, we only received six responses. That represents approximately 1 percent of our Branch membership. If everyone is happy, then great, but when you have or hear a complaint about wages or working conditions, pass it on to us so we can look out for your interests! We submitted our proposals and our votes of support for some of the other Branches’ proposals to the national committee to consider for the upcoming TV/Theatrical Contract negotiations.

Women’s Committee Report
By Pam Larson
Hawaii Women’s Committee Chair

The Women's Committee is working in tandem with the Branches for a "reinvention convention” and gala during the upcoming National Women's Committee event. This event will include all committees and will serve to join forces to improve, enhance and empower SAG members for greater employment opportunities in Hawaii and also provide a gala for members to network, while enjoying an elegant evening of entertainment, music and fun next year. Stay tuned.

Conservatory Committee Report
By Scott Rogers
Hawaii Conservatory Committee Chair

In July the SAG Conservatory featured Los Angeles-based acting coach Iris Klein. The acting workshop was a sell-out. No fewer than 40 people signed up for the Meisner-based workshop. According to several that attended, it was a rousing success. We hope to have Klein back again soon.

The SAG Conservatory is always looking for qualified teachers to teach conservatory classes. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Brenda to find out what the qualifications are. We are always looking for qualified teachers who want to give back to the membership.

Update Your Information

We don't want to lose track of you. Keep us up to date with your current contact information! E-mail addresses: If you are not listed with the Hawaii Branch, you are not getting the latest news on productions, conservatory workshops and what’s going on. If you have changed your e-mail address, please send us your new one so we can keep you informed.