Hollywood 2007:09

Hollywood 2007:09

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 bi-monthly (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.

NEW BOARD REPS TAKE OFFICE TODAY

Eleven Hollywood Division representatives will begin a three-year term of National Board service today as a result of the September 20 Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Division elections.

These members are: Seymour Cassel, Valerie Harper, Frances Fisher, Esai Morales, Kent McCord, Nancy Sinatra, Bonnie Bartlett, Jenny Worman, Sumi Haru, Angela Watson and William Mapother (all serving three-year terms). These members were also elected to serve as Hollywood Division Board members.

Members who were elected to serve as Hollywood Division Board members and alternates to the national board are: Karen Austin, Peggy Miley, Scott Wilson, France Nuyen, Brett Cullen, Ron Harper, Jane Austin, F.J. O’Neil, Yale Summers, Anthony DeSantis, Peaches Johnson, Paul Napier, Eugene Boggs, Michael Bell, Steven Barr, David Jolliffe, Russell McConnell, Warren Berlinger, Terrence Beasor, Jeff Austin, Justin Shenkarow and Joe d’Angerio (all serving one-year terms).

A total of 11,353 ballots were cast by Hollywood Division members (representing 19.87 percent of ballots mailed).

Additionally, Alan Rosenberg will serve a second term as Screen Actors Guild president and Connie Stevens, who ran unopposed, will continue as secretary-treasurer. Both will serve two-year terms, beginning today (September 25).

Twenty-four of the 69 national board seats were open for election this year, representing Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York and Regional Branch Divisions. For complete results, please visit www.sag.org.

YOUR HOLLYWOOD BOARD

The 2007-2008 Hollywood Division Board of Directors is composed of 55 members. There are 33 national directors and 22 alternate national directors.

The 1st national vice president chairs the Hollywood Division Board meetings and proceedings. This officer position will be elected at the first meeting of the Hollywood Division Board of Directors scheduled on October 15.

Vice chairpersons for the Division Board will also be elected on that evening, as well as other key seats such as Hollywood Division representatives to serve as Division Co-Chairs of national committees and as delegates to outside organizations.

Members-at-large have the opportunity to observe this process (see notice below).

Be sure to read your printed Call Sheet for results of this meeting. That newsletter will hit mailboxes around October 22.

As always, your Hollywood Board wants to hear from you. Any Hollywood board member can be contacted via the Hollywood Executive Office. Email us at hollywoodexec@sag.org.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Pictured during a September 20 lobbying visit on behalf of California film incentives are, from left, Deputy National Executive Director Pamm Fair, former board member Paul Hartel, Assembly Member Paul Krekorkian, SAG National Legislative Committee Chair Gretchen Koerner, board member Sumi Haru and board member Joe d'Angerio.

We’ve been working on a number of legislative issues in California. Here’s a rundown of our progress as of the end of the regular legislative session.

California Film State Incentive Bills

Screen Actors Guild worked with lawmakers and our coalition of unions, guilds, businesses and industry stakeholders on three incentive bills this session. Each bill was designed to help keep film and television production here.

Assembly Bill 1696 (authored by Majority Leader Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles), Senate Bill 740 (authored by Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello) and Senate Bill 359 (authored by George Runner, R-Antelope Valley) were all heard in committee, but none were passed by the end of this year’s session.

In addition to the three bills introduced in the regular session, SAG was active in working on a last-minute addition to the budget package (SB 98) that would have provided tax credits to the motion picture industry. Unfortunately, the Senate declined to act on SB 98 and the bill died.

Screen Actors Guild will continue to push for the passage of the other incentive bills that are in the Legislature.

On September 17, Screen Actors Guild National Board Member Anne-Marie Johnson testified on behalf of SAG before the Assembly’s Select Committee on the Preservation of California’s Entertainment Industry. Ms. Johnson urged the committee to continue to fight for incentives for the industry and to keep jobs in California.

Right of Privacy Legislation

For decades, the Guild has fought hard to protect the right of publicity for members. This year we had the opportunity to enhance California’s statute and improve rights for actors. Here’s a bit of history:

In 1985 the Astaire Law was enacted in California, protecting the publicity rights for deceased celebrities. This law held that the posthumous rights of publicity (name, voice, signature, likeness) became transferable by will, contract or list of heirs. SB 771, introduced by SAG member Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) sought to extend these protections to celebrities that died before January 1, 1985.

As the law is interpreted now, only individuals who died after January 1, 1985, are protected -- leaving those who passed away prior to that date completely open to exploitation. The right of publicity affords performers the right to decide who controls their name and image rights after their passing.

Screen Actors Guild sponsored SB 771 because it clarifies that the property right to use a deceased personality’s name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness in a commercial product is freely descendible by means of trust or any other testamentary instrument executed before or after January 1, 1985. This bill makes clear that regardless of when an individual dies, his or her heirs and beneficiaries may, for 70 years from the date of death, control the use of his or her image for commercial purposes. SB 771 explicitly states that the rights recognized for deceased personalities are made retroactive, including to those deceased personalities who died before January 1, 1985.

In July, Screen Actors Guild First Vice President Kent McCord testified on behalf of the Guild in front of the California State Senate Judiciary Committee on the importance of passing the legislation. In his testimony, McCord said, “It is critical that this asset be protected and that no artist’s right of publicity is exploited without permission.”

SB 771 also clarifies that unless the testamentary instrument contains an express disposition of publicity rights, those rights will be transferred to the residuary beneficiaries. As of this writing, SB 771 has passed both houses of the California legislature and is awaiting signature from Governor Schwarzenegger.

On the Healthcare Front

Also as of this writing, the California Legislature is expected to go into a special session to address health care reform.

Screen Actors Guild has been carefully monitoring the various healthcare bills introduced this session and has advocated for provisions that will protect actors.

There are various proposals up for consideration, though no definitive agreement on a solution has been reached among Democrats, Republicans and the governor. The governor’s proposal, which is not in bill form, would require a 4 percent contribution from employers and require that all Californians have coverage. AB 8 (Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles/Don Perata, D-Oakland), considered the front runner of the multiple healthcare bills introduced this session, would require 7.5 percent of Social Security wages with special insurance pools created for those individuals who don’t have employer coverage. As of this writing, a special session has been called to address the health care issue, since no bills were passed during the regular session.

Jailhouse Paparazzi Bill

Screen Actors Guild has been tracking the progress of the “Jailhouse Paparazzi” Bill, AB 920 (Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica).

According to the bill’s author, the purpose of the bill is to eliminate the financial incentive for government officials with access to restricted information or a restricted area to illegally abuse their position for personal financial gain. The bill has passed both houses and is waiting for the governor to sign as of this writing.

MAKE THE NEXT MOVE - MEET YOUR PRESIDENT

SAG President Alan Rosenberg will be on hand at the October 9 MOVE meeting to speak with members about new media, organizing and next year's negotiations with producers. This is a great opportunity for members to hear directly from the president and for him to hear your concerns.

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

The meeting will be 7-9 p.m. in the James Cagney Board Room, 1st Floor, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Parking will be validated in the Museum Square parking lot.

Come enjoy light refreshments and:

  • Learn about special benefits available only to union members.
  • Get updates on the recent SAG elections.
  • Learn about new technology trends that are changing the face of the industry.
  • Participate in a discussion/planning session on current challenges facing SAG and how MOVE members can get involved.
  • Learn what you can do to build solidarity and strengthen our union.

Please RSVP to move@sag.org.

Join MOVE committee co-chairs Anne-Marie Johnson and Anthony DeSantis and get involved in MOVE. For more information, email move@sag.org.

JOIN US AS A STAR IS BORN

You’re invited to witness a star being born. Your star. After nearly 75 years of exemplary work by Guild members like you, you’ve earned it!

Screen Actors Guild invites you to the unveiling of SAG’s Award of Excellence star on Hollywood Boulevard. The star’s home will be at 7018 Hollywood Blvd., adjacent to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The ceremony will be October 25, starting at 11 a.m.

The Guild is the first labor union to receive an Award of Excellence star on Hollywood Boulevard. It's 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.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to donate the day of the event, so 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.

ATTEND AN OPEN BOARD MEETING

The Hollywood Division Board will open its October 15 meeting to members-at-large for observation. This is part of a policy the board passed that calls for all future meetings of the board to be open, giving Hollywood Division members-at-large the opportunity to see their Hollywood Board at work.

When: 6-9 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2007

Where: James Cagney Boardroom, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036.


(A light meal will be served, beginning at 5:30 p.m.)

Space is limited. Reservations are a must and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (subject to stated requirements). All members who would like to attend must be in good standing, affiliated with the Guild's Hollywood Division and willing to comply with observation procedures. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If interested, please email hollywoodrsvp@sag.org or call (323) 549-6029. Be sure to include your professional name, SAG membership number and contact information.

Only accepted observers will be contacted with confirmation and details. Previous attendees may also RSVP for this new election year (October 2007 through September 2008).

FOUNDATION HOSTS WELL-ATTENDED SLATE

Cast members from Saving Grace, pictured left to right, are Bailey Chase, Gregory Cruz, Leon Rippy, Kenneth Johnson, Dylan Minnette, Holly Hunter & Nancy Miller (creator & executive producer).

The last several events hosted by the SAG Foundation have had strong attendance, with standing-room only crowds attending “Conversations” with the cast members from Saving Grace and The Closer.

Other recent events have included a professional makeup seminar with MAC Makeup and a Final Draft screenwriting and software demonstration. These two events were in conjunction with the Hollywood Women’s Committee.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation enhances the lives of actors by offering various programs to assist them in their professional endeavors. While independent from SAG, the Foundation provides these substantive services to Guild members, free of charge.

”Conversations” is a national speaker series inviting high-profile industry professionals to share their experiences with an audience of actors.

Other Foundation programs include LifeRaft, a professional development program that provides insight into the business of acting and The Casting Access Project (CAP), which provides members with a personal opportunity to meet and learn from respected casting directors.

For more information, please visit www.sagfoundation.org.

THE BETTER WAY TO BE DISCOVERED

Create your iActor résumé 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.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Screen Actors Guild has a number of exciting upcoming activities and special events for members.

SEPTEMBER

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

Thursday, October 4 – American Indian Industry Mixer, James Cagney Room, 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Monday, October 1 to rsvp_ptai@sag.org. IMPORTANT: Anyone arriving after 7 p.m. will not be admitted. In order to participate in this event, you must bring both a current head shot and resume, stapled together. Please remember to include your most up-to-date contact information. You must also bring proof of SAG membership in good standing.

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.

Thursday, October 11- SAG Hollywood Women’s Committee, SAG Affirmative Action/Diversity Department and the SAG Foundation invite you to participate in the La Femme Film Festival panel on "Ageism in Hollywood," with a brief screening of Invisible Women . An opening night party follows at the Aqua Lounge. For complete details and RSVP information, click the following link: www.lafemme.org/rsvp. Enter username: VIP2007 and password: XLr8filM.

October 11, 2007 - A jewelry sale will be held to benefit the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. The sale will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Foundation offices at 5757 Wilshire Boulevard (rear). Come shop ‘til you drop, with a portion of the proceeds going to help your fellow actors.

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

Saturday, October 20 - SAG Seniors Committee and Paramount Vantage presents a screening of Into the Wild at the Linwood Dunn Screening Room, 1313 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028 2 p.m.

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 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The social mixer will be at 1 p.m. The meeting will be 2-5 p.m.

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.

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.