SAG JOINS COALITION TO FIGHT CONTENT THEFT
Screen Actors Guild is teaming up with AFTRA, DGA, IATSE and major studios and networks to launch the Creative America initiative to discourage content theft and educate the public about its harmful effects.
Creative America will provide a gathering place for members of the creative community to learn more about the impact of content theft on their jobs, their benefits and their ability to continue making a living in the entertainment industry.
Among its initial activities, Creative America will enable members of the entertainment community to demonstrate their support for the passage of important congressional legislation that will significantly impact the fight against content theft, including the PROTECT IP Act, designed to combat foreign trafficking in stolen movies, TV shows and other forms of intellectual property.
SAG PRODUCTION CENTER DEBUTS
The Guild has debuted the Screen Actors Guild Production Center. It is the first such tool of its kind in the industry, making it easier and faster for producers to gain access to top talent.
The Production Center offers all producers easy-to-follow signatory tutorials, FAQs, fillable forms, rate sheets, live helpdesk assistance and more.
The new SCREEN ACTORS GUILD PRODUCTION CENTER offers:
• Online signatory application (public beta now available) for new media, student, short, ultra-low budget and corporate-educational projects
• Step-by-step signatory process tutorials
• Rate sheets, sample performer contracts and FAQs
• Direct access to SAG’s Actors to Locate database and Station 12 cast clearance
• Videos by and for producers to assist in the signatory process
• Easy-to-locate fillable forms that can be downloaded as needed or together in one complete zipped file
See everything the SAG Production Center has to offer at SAG.org/ProductionCenter. Live and in-person helpdesk assistance is available through online chat or telephone during normal business hours.
CORPORATE-EDUCATIONAL AND NON-BROADCAST CONTRACT RATIFIED
Members of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have approved three-year successor agreements to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Non Broadcast-Industrial-Educational Recorded Material and the SAG Industrial and Educational Contract.
Overall, the memberships of SAG and AFTRA voted 95 percent to 5 percent in favor of the new agreement.
AFTRA Chief Negotiator and Assistant National Executive Director Mathis L. Dunn Jr., said, “It is our belief that this new agreement is a win-win situation: It provides opportunities for more producers to create high-quality, polished productions by employing AFTRA’s professional performers, and enables us to increase union work opportunities for our members.”
“The voting results show SAG and AFTRA members embrace the gains being delivered by this agreement,” said SAG Deputy National Executive Director for Contracts Ray Rodriguez. “We expect this contract will also provide a foundation for increasing the number of non-broadcast, industrial and educational productions, providing additional work for our members.”
The agreements are effective retroactive to May 1, 2011 and will continue through April 30, 2014, and call for all minimum rates to be increased by 2 percent at the start of the contract and by another 2 percent effective November 1, 2012, as well as a 0.2-percent increase in total contributions to the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans and the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds. Specific language has also been added to require a 0.3-percent contribution to the AFTRA-Industry Cooperative Fund. In addition, programming for new media is defined and specifically covered.
To more clearly reflect the type of work produced under these agreements, the contracts have been renamed the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Corporate-Educational Recorded Material and the Producers-Screen Actors Guild 2011 Codified Corporate-Educational & Non-Broadcast Contract
The agreement was negotiated by the Joint SAG and AFTRA Negotiating Committee. On April 25, the National Administrative Committee of AFTRA approved the agreement and recommended member ratification. At its meeting on April 30, the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors took the same action.
Ballots were mailed May 9 to 136,585 eligible SAG and AFTRA members, and the deadline for returning them was June 8. The vote represented a 22 percent return in ballots among members. The final vote was certified by Integrity Voting Systems, an impartial election service based in Everett, Wash.
SAG, AFTRA FORM MERGER WORK GROUPS
Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists convened the weekend of June 17-19 for the first formal face-to-face discussions between the AFTRA New Union Committee and the SAG Merger Task Force at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md.
The two groups, comprised of members, including actors, performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals, met together as the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA Group for One Union (G1) to facilitate the creation of one successor union to represent all of the members of AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild.
The G1 established a series of work groups to discuss six key areas that rank-and-file members identified as important during the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA Presidents’ Forum for One Union nationwide Listening Tour. The six work groups are Governance and Structure; Finance and Dues; Collective Bargaining; Pension, Health and Retirement; Operations and Staff; and Member Education and Outreach.
The work groups will meet throughout 2011, formulate recommendations for how the successor union should address each area and bring those recommendations back to the G1 for approval. These recommendations will inform the G1’s work to create the merger agreement, national constitution and uniform dues structure that each union’s National Board has required for review by January 2012.
The next meeting of the full AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild Group for One Union is scheduled for August 27–28 in New York City.
It occurred to me that many members of our Branch might not know some of the details/background of the current board members who represent them. So this is the first in a series of articles, and I'm beginning with Scott Rogers, our National Board member.
Scott got his union card in 1975, when he had a co-starring role in the television show Shazam.
In the mid-1980s, he was hired by actors, studios and production companies to coach, produce and direct hundreds of actors, including Donna Mills (Knots Landing), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Pat Morita (The Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Charles Grodin, Catherine Oxenberg, Susan Blakesley, Richard Kline, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Grodin, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, John Astin, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ted Lange (Love Boat), Denver Pyle (Dukes of Hazard), Timothy Bottoms, Tony Bennett and many others.
He served as acting coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a three-year, exclusive contract coaching actors for film and television projects. More recently, he served as the acting coach on the feature film Princess Ka`iulani. He has produced, cast, and/or directed more than 100 professional productions and written, directed and produced dozens of TV commercials. He was the full-time on-set acting coach for the television series North Shore and Baywatch.
Scott moved to Hawaii in 1994 with his wife Jeanne, after living and working in L.A. for more than 25 years in order to raise their two children. They opened their school in 2000 to train actors for film and television. He still serves as an acting coach on many of the film and television projects that shoot in the islands.
He is a member of the local and national boards and is the chair of the Branch Conservatory Committee. He also serves on the National Conservatory Committee and on the Local Working and Wages Conditions, Communications and Agency Relations committees. At the recent Regional Branch Division meeting in Florida, he was asked to do an audition class for Florida actors; it was sold out and he agreed to do another, back-to-back, following the final day of meetings.
Scott is a 30-plus-year member of Actors Equity Association, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild. He has recently written a book titled F**k Hollywood: Get Paid to Act No Matter Where You Live. It is available at Amazon.com.
National Board Member Report
I attended a National Board meeting in Los Angeles in April and the Regional Branch Division (RBD) stand-alone (that is the RBD of SAG meeting without Hollywood and New York) in Orlando, Fla. in May. At both meetings, our national officers talked about their being focused on putting together a comprehensive plan for merging with AFTRA. We unanimously passed a motion to create a merger task force, so now SAG and AFTRA are meeting in committee and ironing out a plan that will hopefully utilize the strongest aspects of both unions.
Several years ago, I suggested that we (SAG Hawaii) be allowed to have our own Facebook page, in order to better communicate with our members and the Hawaii acting community at large. Well, they're finally beginning to consider my suggestion. Unfortunately, not in Hawaii...yet! While there is already a national Facebook page, the Chicago Branch will be the first of the Branches to have their own specific social media page. Hopefully, we'll be able to do this soon.
National Executive Director David White updated us on the online Production Center on the website, which helps producers become compliant and eliminate cumbersome procedures, thereby helping more producers go SAG. Producers are now able to download contracts and almost all the documents they need are available online. Staff is really moving the union ahead by leaps and bounds!
Iris Klein addresses members at a Conservatory workshop on July 7.
As you know, I'm always reminding you about the importance of training. In this newsletter, I thought I'd point out how TV producers feel about trained actors. First of all, the only reason I get hired to coach actors on films and TV shows is because producers often understand the importance of training and coaching to ensure that actors arrive on set fully prepared — otherwise they wouldn't spend the money! Hiring a coach actually ends up saving them time and, therefore, money.
Hawaii Five-0 tried a different tack. I was brought in to teach a class for the producers. There were about 22 actors — most chosen by Five-0. Rachel Sutton and Daniel Dae Kim sat in to watch and the actors did scenes from the show that they had been given in advance. I gave adjustments and we discussed the scenes. Rachel and Daniel seemed very impressed, but here's the point of this story: The reason I was asked to teach this class is that the producers are "concerned that they are going to go through all the trained actors in Hawaii" by the end of this season and have to start bringing in more actors from L.A.
So you see, training really does count! Iris Klein taught a workshop on July 7 and, in light of our two TV series shooting here this year, I am doing a Conservatory Audition Clinic on Thursday, August 11 (see below). Train now so you can work later. Invest in yourself, you’re worth it!
SAG Conservatory Presents:
An Audition Clinic with Scott Rogers
When: 7-10 p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2011
Class Size: 15 students
Where: Scott Rogers Studio
1174 Waimanu Street, Suite A
Honolulu, HI 96814
RSVP to Brenda Ching at: email@example.com or call (808) 596-0388, press 1# and leave a message. Workshop is limited to 15 members. Cost is $5 for conservatory members and $15 for non-conservatory members. To reserve your space, mail your check made payable to SAG Conservatory to:
949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
If you are a new or rejoining member, you’ll want to attend a new member orientation meeting to find out what it is to be a SAG member. Choose a date and contact the SAG office by phone or email. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 596-0388, and be sure to bring your new member packet.
Thursday, August 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m.
All meetings are held at the SAG office at 949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105, Honolulu, HI
Save the Date: Monday, September 19, 2011 — Hawaii Branch Annual Membership Meeting in Studio 909. Details to follow in a separate email.
Consolidated Discount Movie Tickets are available for purchase at the SAG office. Tickets cost $6.75 each, and there is no expiration date. There are some limitations to use. Please call or email email@example.com if you would like to pick up tickets.
Important Phone Numbers and Websites
SAG: 800-724-0767 www.sag.org
Pension & Health: 800-777-4013 www.sagph.org
SAG/AFTRA Federal Credit Union: 800-826-6946 www.aftrasagfcu.org
SAG Foundation: 323-549-6649 www.sagfoundation.org
Hawaii Branch Office
949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
NOTE: We don’t want to lose track of you. Keep us up to date with your current contact information. If your email address is not listed with the Hawaii Branch, you are not getting the latest news on productions, conservatory workshops, newsletters and what’s going on. If you have changed your email address, please send us your new one.
Hawaii SAG Franchised Agents
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
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
What's New at SAG.org?
Check out the innovative and very important additions to SAG.org:
• The incredible Production Center, where producers can save time with online signatory applications for new media, student, short, ultra low and corporate/educational projects.
• Paperless billing so that you can save time, paper and stamps.
• The online home for young performers.
What is Global Rule One?
“No member shall work as a performer or make an agreement to work as a performer for any producer who has not executed a basic minimum agreement with the Guild which is in full force and effect.” - from the SAG Constitution
In plain language, that means that a SAG member must always work under a union contract, and must NEVER work non-union.
Rule One is one of the founding principles and strengths of our union: we stand together as actors and do not work without a Guild contract. Up until May 1, 2002, Rule One was enforced on productions shot in the United States. Now Global Rule One applies to members working outside the U.S. for foreign producers. Beginning on May 1, 2002, SAG expanded its protections globally to better serve the needs of members in this rapidly changing, global entertainment economy and to ensure that the protections of the Guild follow our performers wherever they may work.
For information on Global Rule One, please contact the appropriate SAG Contracts Department as follows:
Theatrical Motion Pictures - (323) 549-6828
Television Productions - (323) 549-6835
Commercials/Corporate-Educationals - (323) 549-6858