Hollywood 2010:12

The Official E-Newsletter of the Hollywood Division
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hollywood Division
December 2010

BOARD-APPROVED DEALS
GO TO MEMBER VOTE

On December 4 the Joint National Board of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on November 7 – a deal which it is now recommending to the respective union memberships.

Eligible SAG and AFTRA members will vote on the proposed successor agreement to the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement for feature motion pictures, scripted network primetime television and pay television programs; Exhibit A of the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting, covering scripted network primetime and pay television programs; and The CW Supplement, which applies to both unions.

The board passed the motion to approve and send to the memberships a recommendation of a “yes” vote by 89.29 percent to 10.71 percent.

Ratification ballots mailed to all eligible AFTRA and SAG members on Friday, December 10, with a return deadline of 5 p.m. (PST),  January 14, 2011. Due to the holidays, the time period for reviewing and returning ballots will be extended to five weeks (rather than the traditional three-week time period) in order to afford every member the opportunity to carefully review the terms of the proposed agreements before voting. Tabulation will occur immediately upon the conclusion of balloting.

Additionally, informational meetings for members will be scheduled in select cities across the country including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Florida, Washington, D.C.-Baltimore, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Also on December 4, the National Board of Screen Actors Guild overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement reached with the AMPTP on November 10 regarding the new Basic Cable Live Action, Basic Cable Animation and Television Animation agreements.

The National Board voted to send the Basic Cable Live Action tentative agreement to the membership for ratification by mailed ballot with the Board's positive recommendation. Those ballots will be mailed to eligible SAG members in late January, with an expected return date in early February. Tabulation will occur immediately upon the conclusion of balloting.

The board ratified the smaller Basic Cable Animation and Television Animation contracts directly, effective upon the ratification of the Television and Motion Picture contracts.

Both sets of contracts expire on June 30, 2011, and all of the agreements are for three years. Highlights of these tentative agreements include:

• A 6% wage increase over the term of the agreement, with 2% in each of the three years, effective July 1, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

• A 10% increase in the current rate of employer contributions paid to the Screen Actors Guild Pension & Health Plans (and AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds under the jointly negotiated contract), bringing the total contribution rate to 16.5% effective July 1, 2011. This represents the largest dollar value increase to the plans, under these contracts, since the plans were founded and is the largest percentage increase to the plans in more than two decades.

For more details on these tentatively approved deals, including deal highlights, visit SAG.org.

HEALTH INSURANCE
SEMINAR NOW ONLINE

With project-based employment, finding affordable health insurance can sometimes be challenging for actors. The SAG Foundation empowered hundreds of SAG actors across the country with a “Health Insurance Options for Actors” LifeRaft Live Stream on November 4.  Experts from SAG P&H and AFTRA H&R discussed plan benefits and how to qualify through union-contracted employment. And, for those actors working toward qualifying for union coverage, representatives from the Motion Picture Television Fund, The Actors Fund, and UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research provided robust information on a myriad of affordable alternatives. Alternative options discussed included individual coverage that has certain coordination features with union insurance, subsidized plans for children and details on the new federal health care reform law.

Many members were able to get answers on their specific situation, and you can too.  The event is archived and available for members by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be important updates to the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans effective in January; be sure to visit their website at sagph.org for details.

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

Are you aware of all of the local member benefits available to you as a SAG member? Keep returning to the Hollywood Division pages at SAG.org to stay on top of the latest money-saving offers.

A CALL TO SUPPORT
OUR TROOPS THIS
HOLIDAY SEASON

Screen Actors Guild, in partnership with Project: Hollywood Cares, has announced the "A Touch of Home From Hollywood" program supporting U.S. troops this holiday season.

The SAG National Board of Directors is urging all SAG members to support U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq this holiday season by making tax-deductible contributions to provide soldiers with global pre-paid calling cards to help them call home. In that spirit, many board members have already made personal contributions to support the effort. Through their generous donations, with the assistance of Project: Hollywood Cares, Screen Actors Guild members will ensure that American soldiers can connect with their loved ones throughout the holidays. Click here to donate through December 31.

Project: Hollywood Cares distributes the products of the entertainment industry to support and boost the morale of America's military personnel for their dedicated service. In addition to the calling cards, PHC will further connect U.S. troops with a "touch of home" when they receive the wonderful movie, television and music performances of SAG members in DVDs and CDs collections sent by Project: Hollywood Cares.

To participate online, visit SAG.org and click on the “Touch of Home from Hollywood” icon on the homepage or visit the special "Touch of Home from Hollywood" Web page and click the “donate” link. All donations are tax deductible under applicable law.

Donations can also be mailed with check payable to:

Project: Hollywood Cares Inc.
CBS Studio Center
Supply Station Bldg. 2nd Floor
4024 Radford St.
Studio City, CA 91604
Attn: "SAG calling cards"

DONATE TO TOY
AND FOOD DRIVES

Screen Actors Guild, in partnership with the AFL-CIO and AIDS Project Los Angeles, is bringing smiles and well wishes to those in need in our community this holiday season.

SAG members interested in helping those less fortunate can bring a new, unwrapped toy for the AFL-CIO Toy Drive or non-perishable food items for the AIDS Project Los Angeles Food Drive now through Wednesday, December 15.

New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Screen Actors Guild 1st Floor Membership Lobby (next to AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union ATM) or the Screen Actors Guild 7th Floor Lobby.

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

agent of month
SAG AGENT OF THE MONTH
NAMED FOR DECEMBER

The SAG Agent of the Month for December is Annette Robinson of Artistic Talent Inc. Her nomination was submitted by SAG member Sarah Spiegel with the note that follows:

So, I'm reading the Screen Actor magazine and I felt compelled to write an e-mail and nominate my lovely agent Annette Robinson of Artistic Talent. Annette has every aspect I look for in an agent. She's strong, knowledgeable, a true friend, and it's a great feeling to know she's always looking out for me.

I knew Annette was not only a wonderful agent but also a genuine human being when we were having lunch in Hollywood several months ago. I was waiting on a phone call from my father about my mother's cancer test results. Sure enough, the call came through and I heard the news that no child wants to hear. My mother had been diagnosed with uterine cancer. Annette immediately got on her phone and helped me book a ticket to fly home to be with them. She held my hand and lent an ear when I needed it most. As the weeks passed, Annette practically went through all the surgeries and doctor visits as if it was her own mother. She inquired almost every day about my mom's state of being and always sent me positive thoughts and e-mails. And, I'm grateful to say - Annette was there when I finally delivered the news that my mother was cancer-free. I do a lot of performing around Los Angeles, and I can always count on Annette to be there in the audience, supporting, beaming and being one of my biggest fans. She supports me on stage and off stage. She is there for me as a performer and as a friend.

So I thought I'd write a little something for her and gratefully say THANK YOU, ANNETTE.


Sarah Spiegel
 
Are you represented by a terrific, franchised agent that you believe does not get the recognition that he or she deserves? Let us know and he or she may just be our next Agent of the Month. Send entries by e-mail or by mail to SAG Agent of the Month, SAG Agency Department, 5757  Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600. We look forward  to hearing from you!

vaughn 

A Message from 1st Vice

President Ned Vaughn

Before you read any further, please consider contributing right now to the Screen Actors Guild “A Touch of Home from Hollywood” campaign, which will provide calling cards to American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. These brave men and women sacrifice so much on our behalf; helping them reconnect with their loved ones, especially during the holidays, is a small but deeply appreciated way for us to show our thanks. I hope you will join me and other SAG members in this effort to let our troops know that the performers they enjoy so much are thinking of them too. Making a tax-deductible donation couldn’t be easier – just click here or on the “Touch of Home” banner at the very bottom of this newsletter or at SAG.org.
 
Ballots for the TV/Theatrical Contract are in the mail to members across the country. Last weekend, the SAG and AFTRA Joint National Boards overwhelmingly approved the TV/Theatrical - Exhibit A tentative agreement and recommended that it be sent to members for ratification. In addition to the comprehensive details provided in the ballot envelopes, there will be an informational meeting for Hollywood SAG members on December 18 from 10 a.m. until noon (details below), and I urge you to attend. If you have any questions about the contract, this meeting will be an outstanding opportunity to have them answered directly by your elected representatives and the Guild’s expert contract staff. I look forward to seeing you there.
 
As I wrote in the current issue of Screen Actor, unions have played a crucial role in my ability to sustain a career as an actor, and access to affordable health insurance and a reliable pension have been central to that. In the recent negotiations, our top priority was to protect and strengthen our P&H plans, and the agreement we reached achieves that by delivering a historic increase in employer contributions. The jump from 15 percent to 16.5 percent will not only give us the highest contribution rate in the industry, but will actually provide the largest dollar-value increase to our plans in 50 years. That will benefit actors and their families for generations to come and is just one of the reasons I join with the National Board in strongly recommending your YES vote.
 
With the holidays upon us, I want to wish each of you a joyous and peaceful season of celebration. I look forward to venturing with all of you into the exciting year ahead.

Onward together,

Ned Vaughn 

Special Meeting Regarding the TV/Theatrical Contract

What:  SAG and AFTRA member informational meeting to discuss the terms of the proposed SAG 2011 Basic and Television Agreements and AFTRA Exhibit A Contract.

When: Saturday, December 18, from 10 a.m. until noon

Where: Promenade of SAG National Headquarters, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90036

Parking: Validation available in the Museum Square parking lot.

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

For more information, call the SAG Contract 2011 Hotline at (323) 549-6665, or e-mail Contract2011@SAG.org or Primetime2011@AFTRA.com.

Ballots mailed on Friday, December 10, 2010 by first class mail to all eligible members of SAG and AFTRA.

Ballots must be received at the assigned post office box no later than 5 p.m. (PST) January 14, 2011.

The Joint National Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA recommend you VOTE YES on the proposed SAG Basic and Television Agreements and AFTRA Exhibit A.

A Message from the Hollywood Executive Director

By Ilyanne Morden Kichaven

As 2010 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have ever been to a Guild meeting or program, voted in an election or contract referendum, sat on a committee, supported solidarity, or even read The Hollywood Call Sheet. Screen Actors Guild is strong because of you and your participation.

On behalf of all Guild staff, sending you wishes for a very joyous holiday. It is our honor to negotiate and enforce your wages and working conditions and provide service to SAG members. We look forward to working on your behalf in 2011.

L.A. Incentives to Allow for Larger Productions

Screen Actors Guild was on hand at Los Angeles City Hall on December 7 to support legislative measures that will make it easier to film in the city of Los Angeles. The ordinance, drafted by City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, will adjust the Entertainment Production cap from $2.5 million to $5 million, potentially allowing a number of production companies tax savings of more than $3,000 a year.

SAG Manager of Government Relations and Policy Jennifer Heater spoke in support of the motion saying, "On behalf of the 70,000 members that live and work in California, Screen Actors Guild is strongly in support of this motion. SAG applauds initiatives like Councilmember Alarcon's that create a film-friendly environment and encourages production companies to remain in Los Angeles."

The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after it is signed by the mayor.

An Important Reminder from the SAG Awards

Want to vote for the SAG Awards? Be sure to pay your November 2010 dues! Thursday, December 16 is the deadline for paying your November 2010 dues if you wish to receive the SAG Awards voting information and any “For Your Consideration” screenings and mailings available to the eligible voting membership. If you’ve moved, you must update your address with the SAG Membership Department by the same deadline date.

Help the SAG Awards stay green by voting online. Voting information – with details on online balloting – will be mailed on Thursday, December 30. If you would like to request a printed ballot instead, you must pay your November dues by Thursday, December 16 and call (877) 610-8637 by 5 p.m., PT on Friday, January 14, 2011. Please note: THIS IS A NEW PHONE NUMBER, different from the one printed in Screen Actor.

**SAVE THE DATE** for the Sixth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Viewing Party presented by the Hollywood Holiday Host Committee. Join your fellow members for a night of glitz and glamour as we watch the LIVE TNT/TBS broadcast of the 17th Annual SAG Awards® in the James Cagney Boardroom at SAG headquarters. Stay tuned for more info!

winter party

Winter Party Now Full

We are currently at capacity for the Holiday Host Holiday Party, but please be aware that there will be a stand-by line the night of the event. A member plus one (1) guest will be let in from the stand-by line space permitting. Please note that being in the stand-by line does not guarantee admission to the holiday party but as space becomes available due to cancellations and no-shows we will continue to let members in. Please have a paid-up membership card available for admittance. For questions, call (323) 549-6447.

paley honors

Paley Center Bestows Honors

The Paley Center honored Al Michaels and Mary Hart on November 30 and Screen Actors Guild executive staff and board members were in attendance. Pictured above are National Executive Director David White, National Board Member (Hollywood) Marcia Wallace, Hollywood Board Member Bill Smitrovich, Hollywood Executive Director Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, Hollywood Board Member Tara Radcliffe, Hollywood Board Member Michael O'Neill, 1st V.P. Ned Vaughn, Executive Producer of National Programming Kathy Connell and Communications Executive Director Pam Greenwalt. Photo by Kevin Parry courtesy of the Paley Center.

MPTF Wants to Hear Your Voice

Please take this opportunity to communicate with Motion Picture & Television Fund through your survey response and help MPTF develop a future that addresses your needs and those of your family, friends and industry co-workers. The survey is being administered by an independent research company and all responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your participation is critical. Help us define what “taking care of our own” will mean for tomorrow. Click here to take the survey.
 
 

Alternative Health Fair

Looking to realign their chakras and learn about non-traditional health options, a crowd of more than 500 attended the 3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Healthcare SafetyNet Alternative Health Fair on November 3. Pictured above in the James Cagney Board Room with the providers who shared their time and expertise are Hollywood Healthcare Safetynet Committee members (front row) John Clenton, Raissa Danilova, Renee Aubry (national co-chair), John Tremaine, Marlene Sosebee, Cupid Hayes and Annie Gabriel.


paperless billing 

Opt for Paperless Dues Billing

Screen Actors Guild will soon offer free, paperless billing of your membership dues via your preferred e-mail account.

It’s yet another way we’re more efficiently serving you–cutting costs (not to mention clutter in your home), making your billing instantaneous, and, as part of our ongoing green initiative, doing our small part to save the environment.

Click here for more information, and you’re on your way to receiving an electronic facsimile of your spring dues bill online, accessible at any time for downloading (and printing should you ever need to).

You can also pay your dues online with a click of your mouse. No paper. No stamps. And as a benefit for paperless billing subscribers, each new bill will be stored in our system to reference at your convenience.

SAG members must be registered on SAG.org to take advantage of this member benefit. Once enrolled in paperless billing, you will be notified by e-mail when your new dues bill is available for viewing. Of course, you can always revert back to U.S. Mail at any time.

FOR THE RECORD

In an article on the Labor Day picnic in the October electronic Call Sheet, the photo caption should have included DeWayne Williams’ title, Hollywood Holiday Host Committee chair.

Mark Your Calendar

DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 15 – The Hollywood Holiday Host Committee's Annual Winter Celebration, Screen Actors Guild Headquarters, Lobby Level Promenade, 7-9:30 p.m. Join your fellow members for a night of merriment and good will! Those interested in helping others in our community can contribute an unwrapped toy to the AFL-CIO Toy Drive or a non-perishable food item for the Aids Project Los Angeles food drive. Note: We are currently at capacity for the Holiday Host Holiday Party, but please be aware that there will be a stand-by line the night of the event. A member plus one (1) guest will be let in from the stand-by line space permitting. Please note that being in the stand-by line does not guarantee admission to the holiday party but as space becomes available due to cancellations and no-shows we will continue to let members in. Please have a paid-up membership card available for admittance. For questions, call (323) 549-6447.

Friday, December 17
thesagshop.com ONE DAY ONLY SALE! Up to 50% off! James Cagney Board Room, 11a.m.–3 p.m. Cash and checks only.

Saturday, December 18 – Informational meeting, 10 a.m. - noon, regarding the tentative TV/Theatrical Contract. SAG National Headquarters, Promenade, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Parking will be validated.

Wednesday, December 22 – New member orientation, James Cagney Board Room, 10 a.m. Not just for new members! No RSVP necessary. Parking will be validated.

Thursday, December 23 – Guild offices closed at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, December 24 – Guild offices closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Thursday, December 30 – Guild offices closed at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, December 31 – Guild offices closed in observance of the New Year's holiday.

JANUARY

Monday, January 3 through Friday January 21 – Hollywood Conservatory open enrollment for 2010-2011 conservatory year.  Click here for more information, or call (323) 856-7736 between the hours of 10 a.m.-noon and noon-4 p.m.

Wednesday, January 5 – "Getting and Keeping Health Insurance," The Actors Fund, 1:30–3 p.m. Monthly seminar for the entertainment industry and performing arts and visual arts communities who want to know their options for obtaining affordable health insurance and healthcare in the Los Angeles area. Participants will learn to use The Actors Fund’s healthcare access and resources website (ahirc.org) to learn more. Registration is encouraged. The Actors Fund, 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400.For more information, contact Aaron King at (323) 933-9244, ext. 38, or aking@actorsfund.org.

Wednesday, January 5 – New member orientation, James Cagney Board Room, 1 p.m. Not just for new members! No RSVP necessary. Parking will be validated.

Monday, January 10 – Hollywood Division open board meeting, James Cagney Board Room, 6 p.m. A light snack will be provided. Reservation is required.

Thursday, January 13 – Low budget contract signatory workshops, James Cagney Board Room. 6-8 p.m. RSVP here or via phone at  (323) 549-6064. (Please be sure to include name and e-mail address.)

Monday, January 17 – Guild offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday, January 18 – Performing Artists’ Medical Clinic of the The Actors Fund,  6-9 p.m., offers free medical services to low-income musicians, dancers, actors and other performing artists. Call The Actors Fund (intake line) for eligibility criteria and appointments at (323) 933-9244, ext. 32, or go to actorsfund.org for more information.

Wednesday, January 19 – New member orientation, James Cagney Board Room, 10 a.m. Not just for new members! No RSVP necessary. Parking will be validated.

Sunday, January 30 – Sixth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Viewing Party to be held at the James Cagney Board Room. More details to be announced in January.  

The above listings are subject to change. Check SAG.org for the most up-to-date information. If you’d like more information on an event and there is no contact information listed above, call the Hollywood Executive Office at (323) 549-6459.