Hollywood 2007:08

Hollywood 2007:08

WELCOME TO THE HOLLYWOOD CALL SHEET

The Hollywood Call Sheet is the official publication of the Hollywood Division of Screen Actors Guild. The Call Sheet contains important news, event notifications and updates of interest to all Hollywood members. The e-newsletter version of the Call Sheet is published bi-monthly and emailed to all active, paid-up members of the Hollywood Division who have an email on file with the Guild. A copy of this e-newsletter is also posted on the Hollywood page of the Screen Actors Guild website. Hollywood Division members also receive a printed Hollywood Call Sheet containing additional vital news and information not in the e-newsletter. It is mailed bimonthly (alternating months with the e-newsletter.) Keep informed by making sure the Guild has all your current contact information. You do not want to miss out on future newsletters and other communications.

A MESSAGE FROM 1ST NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT KENT McCORD

These are five rules from the Screen Actors Guild Constitution that every member should be aware of.

The entire Constitution can be downloaded below.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. 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. (A.) No member shall perform any services as a performer nor make an agreement to perform services as a performer for any producer against whom the Guild is conducting a strike, nor shall any member otherwise violate any strike order of the Guild.

2. It shall be the duty of every member to report to the Guild any violation by a producer of any of the Guild’s collective bargaining contracts, as the same now exist or may hereafter be amended.

5. Every member of the Guild who is now, or hereafter becomes a member of, or applies for membership in any trade union not a branch of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, (“4A’s”) which purports to represent or seeks to represent employees in the jurisdiction of any branch of the 4A’s, shall immediately report in writing the facts concerning the same to the Guild, and particularly shall report: (a) the name of the trade union; (b) how long he or she has been a member; (c) date of application; and (d) date he or she became a member. If the Board of Directors shall be of the opinion that dual membership of any member in the Guild and in any other such trade union is detrimental to the best interest of the Guild, it may require such member to divest himself or herself of membership in such other trade union, and in default thereof, may suspend or expel such member. Failure of a member to give notice under this Section, or failure to comply with an order of the Board pursuant to this Section shall be conduct unbecoming a member of the Guild. The words “trade union” as used in this Section include any associated substantially similar to a trade union.

9. It shall be conduct unbecoming a member of the Guild to accept employment in the jurisdiction of any other branch of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America for an employer whose employees are represented by the other branch, unless the member seeking such employment first inquires of the other branch to ascertain whether the employer is a signatory to a collective bargaining agreement with the other branch. It shall be conduct unbecoming a member if the member accepts employment with an employer in the jurisdiction of another branch after having been advised by the other branch that: (A.) The employer has refused to bargain in good faith a collective bargaining agreement with the other branch and the other branch has declared the employer unfair or has otherwise directed its members not to work for the employer; or (B.) If the employees of the employer are engaged in a primary strike ratified or approved by the other branch.

18. No member shall perform services as an Extra performing for any production without coverage of the applicable Guild agreement in the specific zones, as to minimum pay, benefits and working conditions.

In solidarity,

Kent McCord

WGA TALKS ON HOLD

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) held its first bargaining session on July 16. Our president and our national executive director/chief negotiator attended the opening session as a show of solidarity to the WGA negotiating team.

Proposals were exchanged, then the AMPTP requested a break in order to negotiate with the Teamsters. A tentative agreement with the Teamsters was reached in early August.

So far, the WGA has rejected two AMPTP proposals deemed impractical -- one that would delay expanded Internet residuals pending a three-year study of new media compensation models, and another that would delay TV and film residuals to writers until producers recoup certain costs.

WGA Executive Director David Young stated, "We've made fair and reasonable proposals and are ready to sit down with the AMPTP whenever they are ready to negotiate." No new talks have been scheduled and the WGA contract expires on October 31,2007.

Screen Actors Guild continues to work closely with the WGA on many issues, including new media, legislative objectives and product integration.

YOUR INPUT IS VITAL AT AUGUST 16 NEW MEDIA CAUCUS

Your opinions will help determine the future of the Guild's TV/Theatrical contracts as they relate to New Media.

If you've performed in a production for Internet or mobile devices, or have seen your work on these platforms, the Guild urges you to come speak at the meeting, to be held Thursday, August 16.

The meeting will be 7-9 p.m. at the WGA Theater, located at 135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (South of Wilshire Boulevard – not at the WGA offices). Validated parking is available in the rear garage.

The comments gathered will help SAG representatives prepare for TV/Theatrical contract negotiations in the months ahead.

For more information, call (323) 549-6447.

LABOR DAY PICNIC: PARTY WITH HUNDREDS OF YOUR FELLOW THESPS

Enjoy a day of camaraderie and conversation with your fellow union members.

The Hollywood Holiday Host Committee invites you once again to the annual Labor Day Picnic, which will be held Saturday, September 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hollywood Bowl.

Last year, more than 750 people attended.

The event will be held in the Camrose Picnic area of the Bowl, located at 1201 Highland Avenue.

Free parking will be available in the South Fairfield parking lot, sections C and D.

All Guild members and their guests are welcome. Members should bring their SAG cards as well as blankets and picnic lunches. The Guild will provide beverages, entertainment and prizes.

***PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Pursuant to the Guild's Election Guidelines, electioneering and/or distribution of campaign paraphernalia (including flyers, signs, etc.) is prohibited within the premises of this event, including the parking facilities reserved for the Guild's exclusive use.***

K-POW! SAG REP TAKES ON COMIC-CON

In addition to chatting with conventioneers in outlandish costumes and testing out a few choice video games, Business Representative Pierre Debs (pictured) got some hard work accomplished July 27 at Comic-Con.

Comic-Con started as a mild-mannered comic book convention. But over time, it has expanded to include fans of all different types of fantasy, adventure and science fiction, regardless of the medium. The convention was held again this year in San Diego.

Debs’ specialty at the Guild is non-commercial new media contracts. His goal at the convention was to strengthen ties with existing online and interactive signatories -- and discover new opportunities.

“Comic-Con is a place where fans can come and indulge in all the various levels of their interest,” Debs said. Those “levels” -- including ever-expanding mobile and online content -- are big business.

High-profile titles that started as comic books, such as Spiderman, have meant more work for Guild actors as the mythical worlds have expanded across media. Debs said it's hard to predict what might be the next title to explode in popularity.

“It’s very important to build relationships, not just in the video game industry, but for all related industries,” he said. “SAG must be there for the whole development.”

GUILDS TO HONOR GUILLAUME FOR DIVERSITY EFFORTS

Three performers unions have chosen to recognize legendary actor Robert Guillaume as a luminary for diversity in the entertainment industry

Guillaume will be the recipient of the 5th annual Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Award, sponsored in part by SAG’s Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee. The award is in association with the Actors Equity Association and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.

Guillaume will be formally honored by the unions August 20, starting at 7 p.m., at East West Players. The three unions jointly selected the Tony- and Emmy-award-winning performer not only for his career accomplishments, but for his rights activism.

In 2005, the award was formally named for Ivy Bethune, a member of all three unions who has devoted more than 80 years to civil rights and equal opportunity.

The focus for this year’s presentation will be “Bridge Builders,” acknowledging those who reach out into the community to create opportunity and alternatives, sharing common stories and celebrating differences.

East West Players is located at 120 N. Judge John Aiso Street in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information or to RSVP, please call (323) 634-8181.

MAKE THE NEXT MOVE AUGUST 15

Want to see greater availability of union work? Then mark your calendar for the next MOVE meeting on August 15.

MOVE (Member Organizing Volunteer Efforts) is a grassroots member activist program dedicated to improving the lives of professional actors through education and organizing.

The goal of MOVE is to increase SAG's capacity to convert non-union work into SAG covered work. This month's meeting will focus on how we will accomplish this goal. There will also be a Level One training on financial core and how to convey to fellow actors the damaging effects that resigning from the union has on their career and yours.

The featured member benefit for this meeting will be a guest speaker from the AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union. Discussion will center around mortgages, refinancing home loans and financial planning.

Join us 7-9 p.m.at SAG Headquarters in the James Cagney Board Room.

For more information, email move@sag.org or call (323) 549-6591.

FREE DIVERSITY SCREENING AUGUST 23

“Have you ever claimed to be one thing, yet watched yourself behave in the complete opposite manner, as if you were in a movie?”

That’s the question asked by Contradictions of the Heart, which stars a multicultural cast. The SAG Diversity Department invites you and a guest to a special screening of the film August 23.

The movie will be shown in 20th Century Fox’s Zanuck Theatre, located at 10201 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

RSVP IS REQUIRED. Call (310) 369-4486 no later than noon on August 21. Give your name and the names of your guests as they appear on current, valid drivers licenses, as guards will ask you to show this identification. The screening is free for Guild members with SAG ID and their guests.

For more information, call (310) 429-1776.

Bennett Five Entertainment, Inc. and DonLyn Productions filmed Contradictions under the SAG Ultra-Low Budget Agreement.

A trailer for the film can be viewed at www.Bennettfive.com.

GIVE A LITTLE AND GET THE STAR TREATMENT

You can help support the Screen Actors Guild's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And for a donation of $75 or more, you can walk around town sporting your own star.

The special commemorative star pin comes as a gift with your $75 donation to the SAG Foundation.

Of course, any donation of any size is welcome.

Screen Actors Guild is the first labor union to receive an Award of Excellence Star and is only the fifth organization ever to receive a star. The SAG Foundation will be honoring the Screen Actors Guild's 75th anniversary by supporting the Award of Excellence Star. The SAG Foundation is accepting donations to raise funds for the Foundation, and its programs, as well as the installation and maintenance of the star. Contributions in excess of the amount expended to cover the cost of the star will be used to fund other SAG Foundation programs, including those that assist performers in need.

Please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation in support of your star and the SAG Foundation by going to www.sagfoundation.org or by mailing a check to: SAG Foundation, Award of Excellence, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.

IMPROVE YOUR CAREER, LIFE WITH FREE PROGRAMS

Throughout the year, the Actors Fund and the SAG Foundation offer free workshops and seminars that address the interests of the acting community.

Actors Fund events include career programs, support groups for those new to Hollywood, activities and events for those living with HIV/AIDS, and even a free monthly medical clinic.

SAG Foundation events include career programs focusing on such topics as casting, cold readings and the business side of acting.

More information about the Actors Fund is available at www.actorsfund.org

More information about the SAG Foundation is available at www.sagfoundation.org , or you can register here and become eligible to RSVP for events.

Neither group will share your personal information with anyone, and you can opt out of their mailing lists at any time.

CONSERVATORY OFFERS ON-CAMERA EXPERIENCE

Want to hone your craft and be among those actors exclusively considered for American Film Institute projects?

Apply to the Screen Actors Guild 2007-2008 Hollywood Conservatory.

Classes will take place on the AFI campus, October through May, and all you pay is a $20 administration fee.

First-year AFI students -- traditionally among the most promising young directors and producers to enter the industry -- will cast based on conservatory rosters.

Experienced instructors from the acting community, including SAG committees, will teach on-camera commercial and theatrical techniques, cold-reading commercial and theatrical techniques, voice-over techniques, and improvisation techniques.

In addition, "Actors Evenings" will give participants the opportunity to meet casting directors, agents and other industry professionals in a seminar format.

Applications are available now by clicking here and will be taken until September 14.

For more information, please call (323) 856-7736.

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE, SAG FOUNDATION OFFER FINAL DRAFT CLASSES

Sometimes talent has to write its own ticket.

Today more than ever, professional actors are pitching original stories and writing their own starring vehicles.

To that end, the SAG Foundation and the Hollywood Women’s Committee will present a free tutorial on using Final Draft screen writing software.

Two seminars will be held August 23 in the James Cagney Room at SAG Headquarters, located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Check in time is 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. class and 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. class.

All active, paid-up members are welcome, but RSVP is required through www.sagfoundation.org . Bring your union ID and confirmation the night of the event.

Final Draft will offer a 25 percent discount to attendees who choose to purchase software – the same discount it offers to WGA members.

LOOKING FOR A BETTER WAY TO GET SAG JOBS?

Create your iActor resume today!

iActor is free and features exclusively SAG members—making it the only site casting directors will need to find professional actors like you.

You can help make iActor the go-to site for casting directors by logging in to www.sag.org and creating your résumé in iActor now.

You can also elaborate on your credits and training, list your skills and talents, add personal profile details, select your contact information, and upload up to 10 headshots, two audio clips and two video reels. You can even email a copy of your résumé to anyone you wish through the site.

To get started:

Simply register and sign in to www.sag.org and click on the iActor button.

Need Assistance? No Problem.

Just call the Guild at (800) 724-0767 and follow the prompts for help or email webhelp@sag.org.

You can also attend special training August 23 or August 28. RSVP at iactorRSVP@sag.org. For more information see the calendar below, or call (323) 549-6447.

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR HOLLYWOOD DIVISION WEB PAGE

The Hollywood website page is an important resource for the membership. Bookmark it here and visit it often to stay updated on the latest Hollywood Screen Actors Guild news and events!

OUR SHOP IS ALWAYS OPEN

Don't forget to visit thesagshop.com for the latest in must-have, union-made merchandise. Buy gifts and accessories that demonstrate your good taste and your union pride.

HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT FOR YOUR GUILD?

Hollywood members can submit ideas, questions and concerns for the Guild's Hollywood Division at hollywoodexec@sag.org. You may also call the Hollywood Executive Office at (323) 549-6459. Your letters and concerns may be addressed in a future publication.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

As usual, Screen Actors Guild has a full slate of upcoming activities and special events for members.

AUGUST

Wednesday, August 15 - New Member Orientation in the James Cagney Board Room, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, August 15 – MOVE (Members Organizing Volunteer Efforts) meeting in the James Cagney Board Room, 7-9 p.m. For more information, call (323) 549-6591.

Thursday, August 16 - New Media Caucus in the Writers Guild of America Theater, located at 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the WGA offices. Start time is 7 p.m. For more information, call (323) 549-6447

Monday, August 20 – Tri-Guild Ivy Bethune Diversity Awards at East West Players, 120 North Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Start time is 7 p.m. RSVP to (323) 634-8151 or larsvp@aftra.com. An RSVP is encouraged, but walk-ups will be seated on an as-available basis. For more information call (323) 549-6644.

Tuesday, August 21 - Election ballots mailed. For more information, call (323) 549-6614.

Wednesday, August 22 - SAG Young Performers orientation in the James Cagney Board Room, 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, August 23 – The SAG Diversity Department invites you and a guest to a cast screening and VIP reception of Contradictions of the Heart at 20th Century Fox’s Zanuck Theatre, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035. Start time is 7:30 p.m. RSVP to (310) 369-4486 by noon, August 21. Seating on a first-come, first served basis.

Thursday, August 23 - iActor hands-on training, by appointment only. Call (323) 549-6447.

Thursday, August 23 - Background 101 Seminar in the James Cagney Board Room, 2–4 p.m. Reservation is required by calling (323) 549-6817 or emailing productionservices@sag.org.

Thursday, August 23 - Two Final Draft software seminars will be held in the James Cagney Room. Check in time is 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. class and 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. class.

Tuesday, August 28 – iActor casting workshop with casting agent Bonnie Gillespie. RSVP at iactorRSVP@sag.org. For more information, call (323) 549-6447.

Friday, August 31 - SAG offices close at 12:30 p.m. in observance of Labor Day Weekend


SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 1 – Hollywood Division Labor Day picnic in the Camrose Picnic Area at the Hollywood Bowl, located at 1201 Highland Avenue. The event runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, September 3 – Happy Labor Day - Guild offices closed

Thursday, September 6 - Stunt & Safety Caucus meeting in the James Cagney Board Room, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12 – New Member Orientation in the James Cagney Board Room, 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 13 - Low Budget Contract signatory workshops in the James Cagney Board Room, 6-8 p.m. Reservation is required through sagindie.org or by calling (323) 549-6064.

Friday, September 14 - Deadline for Hollywood Conservatory applications. For more information, call (323) 856-7736.

Saturday, September 15 – Young Performers Committee mentoring event in the James Cagney Board Room, 1–3 p.m.

Thursday, September 20 - Election ballots must be received via U.S. mail at the assigned post office box no later than 6:30 a.m. (PDT). For more information, call (323) 549-6614.

Tuesday, September 25 - Hollywood Singers Quarterly Informational meeting in the James Cagney Board Room, 7-9 p.m. For more information, call (323) 549-6864

Wednesday, September 26 – New member orientation in the James Cagney Board Room, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 26 – Young Performers orientation in the James Cagney Board Room, 7-9 p.m.


OCTOBER

Monday, October 8 – Happy Columbus Day – Guild offices closed

Tuesday, October 9 – MOVE (Members Organizing Volunteer Efforts) event in the James Cagney Board Room, 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10 – New Member Orientation in the James Cagney Board Room 1 p.m.

Monday, October 15 - Hollywood Division open board meeting, 6 p.m. Reservation is required.

Wednesday, October 24 - New member orientation in the James Cagney Board Room, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, October 24 – Young Performers orientation in the James Cagney Board Room, 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, October 25 – Award of Excellence Star on Hollywood Boulevard installation ceremony. The event will be at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. Start time is 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 28 – National membership meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Note: This schedule corrects some items that were posted inaccurately in the previous Call Sheet.

If you’d like more information on an event, and there is no contact information listed above, please call the Hollywood Executive Office at (323) 549-6459.