Hollywood 2011:02

The Official E-Newsletter of the Hollywood Division
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hollywood Division
February 2011

SAG AWARDS® DEADLINE
NOON TODAY; SHOW AIRS

SUNDAY AT 5 P.M.

Friday, January 28 at noon Pacific is the voting deadline for the SAG Awards®. Final SAG Awards ballot information postcards — with online voting instructions and personalized PIN — were mailed to eligible members on December 30, 2010. To be eligible to vote, your November 2010 dues (and any address changes) must have been made by December 16, 2010.
 
In order to vote on-line you will need to log in with your eight-digit SAG member number and personalized PIN printed on the SAG Awards ballot information postcard mailed to you. To vote online please visit this link.
 
If you need your voter PIN sent to you, please e-mail voting@sagawards.org with your name and eight-digit SAG member number. Your PIN will then be emailed to you directly from our elections firm. (Make sure your spam filter allows you to receive an e-mail from webmaster@ivsballot.com; please do not e-mail questions to this address.)
 
The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast LIVE on TNT and TBS at 5 p.m. this Sunday, January 30. A second run of the SAG Awards will run on TNT immediately following.
 
Recipients for the stunt honors will be announced from the red carpet during the tnt.tv digital show at 3 p.m. Pacific.

More details are available at sagawards.org.

SAG AWARDS VIEWING
PARTY
IS NOW FULL

Due to overwhelming response, reservations are full and RSVP has now closed for the Los Angeles SAG Awards Viewing Party in the James Cagney Board Room, brought to you again this year by the Hollywood Holiday Host Committee. (But don't worry, you can still watch the SAG Awards anywhere there's a screen available!) 

Some reminders for those who do have a confirmed reservation for the party at SAG Headquarters: Due to extreme space limitations, no guests are allowed for this event. Also, this event is only open to paid-up Hollywood Division members in good standing. YOUR SAG MEMBERSHIP CARD (PAID THRU APRIL 30, 2011) IS REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE. Snacks and beverages will be served. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

When: Sunday, January 30, 2011
4 p.m. Doors open for red carpet arrivals; 4:45 p.m. doors close to watch the awards show
 
Where: Screen Actors Guild
James Cagney Board Room
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
 
Parking: Parking will be validated. Please adhere to all posted parking regulations. The Guild is not responsible for illegally parked vehicles.
 
Please note: Bags larger than 14” in any dimension (such as backpacks, suitcases, beach bags, etc.) will be prohibited from entry into the viewing party. Please, no pets or animals with the exception of service animals.

NEW FOREIGN ROYALTIES TRACKER ADDED TO SAG.ORG

Screen Actors Guild's member service offerings just got another big boost with the online debut of the Guild’s Foreign Royalties Tracker, available here.

SAG’s Foreign Royalties Tracker, an online search tool that launched on the Guild’s website in January, gives members the ability to log in and see a full-view report of any foreign royalties that may have been collected on their behalf. Not all members will have foreign royalties and thus will not show up in the tracker. Those members who do have foreign royalties or who wish to find out if they do, can now log on to the tracker on the SAG website and check it out today.

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SCREEN ACTOR ONLINE
DEBUTS AS COMPANION
TO PRINT MAGAZINE

In addition to the Screen Actor magazine you've traditionally received in your home, SAG now has a new digital issue, a companion to the print version, with exclusive bonus content you can't get in print, such as video and links to other online content. Take a look here! You can even download your own SAG Awards scorecard. (No substitute for actual voting of course, but it will help you keep track of your picks when the big show airs January 30.)

L.A. FILES CHARGES
UNDER KREKORIAN ACT

The Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, championed by Screen Actors Guild, added teeth to existing laws meant to crackdown on businesses that prey on aspiring actors and models. In January, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced that the law had taken its first bites.

According to the accusations in the office’s January 12 press release:

David Askaryar, 46, Hollywood Stars Management Inc., and VIP Talent Web Inc., were each charged with 16 criminal counts including: operating as an advance-fee talent representation service, failing to file the required $50,000 bond with the State Labor Commission, failing to provide artists with written contracts with required consumer protection disclosures, requiring an automatic renewal clause, petty theft and false advertising. 

If convicted on all counts, Askaryar faces up to 13½ years in jail and $127,500 in fines. (Note: In a story which ran in the Los Angeles Times on January 13, Askaryar denied the charges.)

Ricardo Macias, 35, the owner of ActorsOnSet.com, was charged with 18 criminal counts including: grand theft, petty theft, false advertising, failing to file the required bonds, failing to provide artists with written contracts containing the required consumer protection disclosures, failing to make the contract available for downloading and printing prior to obligating any fee and failing to allow cancellations and a full refund within 10 days.

Macias faces up to seven years in jail and a $13,000 fine if convicted of all theft charges and an additional four years in jail and $40,000 in fines if convicted of all charges.

The Krekorian Act closed many of the loopholes that had enabled predatory services to operate and made it illegal for talent representatives to charge advance fees in the state of California. SAG sponsored the legislation, working with the city attorney, BizParentz.org, the Association of Talent Agencies, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, the Writers Guild of America and the Better Business Bureau.

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WHITE TO TALK DIGITAL
AT TOWN HALL L.A.

Join us as SAG National Executive Director David White delivers the address "Challenges & Opportunities: Actors in the Digital Age" at Town Hall Los Angeles, February 17, at Loews Santa Monica.

White's appearance will cover new media/new platforms; copyright protection and digital theft; and promoting a viable entertainment industry in Los Angeles and beyond. Movie, television and new media fans as well as Angelenos concerned about our most well-known and widely distributed export won't want to miss this unique event.

Schedule: 11:30 a.m., networking reception; noon, lunch served; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., address with audience Q&A.

Location: 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90401

Cost: Discount rate for SAG Members: $55

For more details and to register, click here.

2011 TV Summit

ACADEMY AND VARIETY
PRESENT 2011 TV SUMMIT

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and Variety will present the 2011 TV Summit on February 15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, and Screen Actors Guild is a proud sponsor.

Summit topics are to include the state of the TV industry, new revenue models, rebranded channels, marketing across platforms, gadgets and gizmos, and more. Scheduled speakers include Dante di Loreto (Glee), Rick Haskins (The CW), Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Carolina Lightcap (Disney Channels Worldwide) and Michael Lombardo (HBO), among many others.

Click here to register. Use code "SAG" and save 10 percent. Your support of the 2011 TV Summit will benefit the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation's wide range of educational activities.

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A Message from 1st Vice President Ned Vaughn

With the overwhelming approval of our TV/Theatrical Contract, 2011 is off to a truly productive start – and the year ahead holds even greater promise. Our joint contract negotiations were the top priority last year, and now the stage is set for SAG and AFTRA to achieve the most important collaborative success in our history, by becoming one union.
 
It will take time to unite SAG and AFTRA – perhaps a year – but the necessary work has already begun. In early January, SAG President Ken Howard and AFTRA President Roberta Reardon held several “listening tour” meetings in Hollywood with rank-and-file members and leaders from both unions. The meetings were a valuable opportunity to hear from members about the challenges they’re facing as our industry changes. They also spoke about their hopes, concerns and expectations for a combined successor union.
 
As the listening tour continues in other parts of the country, The Presidents’ Forum for One Union will use that crucial member input to develop a recommended framework for a successor union that can best represent professional performers. If approved by our national boards, that framework will then be developed into a comprehensive merger plan that members will ultimately be asked to vote on.
 
This process will take months and there will be many opportunities for members to give their input as we move forward. In the near term, there will be more listening tour meetings in Hollywood and elsewhere. Once a detailed plan to unite SAG and AFTRA has been developed, there will be extensive informational meetings here and throughout the country.
 
As SAG’s 1st vice president, the messages I’ve received from members – in listening tour meetings, in audition rooms, on sets and on the street – are consistent and clear. Members are seeing their work divided more than ever before and they want that to stop now. They’re worried about their personal circumstances; will split earnings keep them from qualifying for pension and health benefits? But they also see the bigger picture. They understand that as long as our employers have the ability to choose between two unions, we can’t have maximum strength at the bargaining table. Finally, they understand that the only way to deal with our most serious challenges – the transformation of our industry and the growing threat of non-union work – is to take them on with a clear, unified strategy and the knowledge that we can’t be divided.
 
Uniting SAG and AFTRA is the most important step we can take to protect and strengthen the future for actors. I’m honored to represent the needs and concerns of Hollywood SAG members as we make progress toward that essential goal. If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to reach me through the Hollywood Executive Office at hollywoodexec@sag.org.
 
Onward together,
 
Ned Vaughn

SAG and AFTRA Members Ratify
New TV and Film Agreements

In national voting completed in January, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production under the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Basic Agreement and Television Agreement, Exhibit A to the AFTRA Network Television Code and the CW Supplement, which applies to both unions.

AFTRA, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative agreement in November on the deal that provides increases in base rates, contributions to the unions’ benefits plans, expanded employment opportunities and other improvements for working performers.

Overall, the memberships of SAG and AFTRA voted 93.52 percent to 6.48 percent in favor of the new agreement. Ballots were mailed to 137,437 members of AFTRA and SAG, of which 25.09 percent returned them. The final vote was certified by Integrity Voting Systems, an impartial election service based in Everett, Wash.

Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard said, "The success of the referendum is a huge boon for members in terms of pension and healthcare contributions. We have the input of our members and the dedication of our SAG negotiating team to thank for the outcome.”

AFTRA President Roberta Reardon said, “This ratification is a win for union members and it is a critical victory for our health and retirement plans. I thank the working AFTRA and SAG members who served on the negotiating committee for leading us through to a strong agreement that the memberships of both unions have endorsed and approved.”

The new pact goes into effect on July 1, 2011, and will remain in force until June 30, 2014.

The unions began talks with the AMPTP on September 27. A joint AFTRA-SAG negotiating committee of 26 individuals – all of whom are members of both unions – participated daily in the talks. Leading the negotiations for the unions were Presidents Reardon and Howard, along with chief negotiators David White, the national executive director of SAG, and Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, the national executive director of AFTRA.

Members voted on the tentative agreement that had been reached with the AMPTP industry on November 7 and overwhelmingly recommended by the SAG-AFTRA Joint National Board in a meeting on December 4. Ballots were mailed on December 10 to all eligible members in good standing of both unions. Due to the holidays, the customary voting period was extended from three to five weeks.

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In her capacity as legislative chair, Amy Aquino (left of center, in teal and black) joins civic and industry
leaders to launch the FilmWorks campaign.

SAG Participates in FilmWorks Launch

Los Angeles (and the Southern California region) got its own film campaign with the launch of FilmWorks, a stakeholder-driven education and outreach campaign to remind citizens about how important the entertainment industry is to the local economy and how much a part of the town’s culture is immersed in our “heritage industry.”
 
Screen Actors Guild was one of the many unions, guilds and businesses that participated in the launch event in December at Los Angeles Center Studios that simulated a film shoot. Equipment, lighting, cameras and craft service were on location, each with a placard denoting how many jobs the entity brings to the region on any given day during shooting. SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, in her capacity as the Hollywood Legislative chair, was among those who attended the event on behalf of the Guild.

For more information on FilmWorksLA, visit filmworksla.com.

Tax Time Made Easier

Tax time is here again and the Screen Actors Guild’s Tax Assistance Program, with generous support from the SAG Foundation, provides a members-only program offering tax assistance specifically to actors.

SAG-TAP has a packet—available via e-mail in PDF form—that may be helpful to members in putting together and organizing a tax return. Also, the TAP program offers a  “packet workshop” (dates, times and location to be announced) that gives members an opportunity to learn about deductions and the filing process, while addressing audit concerns.

A limited supply of packets will be available after February 14 at SAG National Headquarters, 7th floor reception, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

To request a packet, or the times of the packet workshops, e-mail your request to SAGTAP@sag.org. You also can use this address if you have questions about the program.

If you do not have e-mail capability, you may call the SAG-TAP office at (323) 549-6666 and leave a message with your name and contact number; one of the volunteers will return your call within a few days.

Also note: On Thursday, February 10, the SAG Foundation LifeRaft program will present "Actor Taxes" at the SAG Foundation Actors Center, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Mezzanine Level, 1-4 p.m. RSVP at www.sagfoundation.org.

These programs are not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG or the SAG Foundation. The information provided through the program is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of a tax preparer/professional, legal or financial counsel. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the program.

Mark Your Calendar

JANUARY
 
Sunday, January 30 – The Hollywood Holiday Host Committee Sixth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Viewing Party is FULL and now at capacity. Please make sure to watch the LIVE TBS/TNT broadcast of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® beginning at 5 p.m.

Monday, January 31 – Don’t miss the SAG general services agreement seminar “What You Need To Know About Your Agency Contract Before Signing It,” James Cagney Board Room, noon–2:30 p.m. SAG National Agency Department staff will hold an educational seminar on general service agreements, or GSAs (i.e., the contracts that some agents have been using to represent our members instead of the standard SAG agency contracts). These GSA contracts are signed outside of SAG’s protection, and it is imperative that members have a working knowledge of what these contracts say before signing them. Your professional future and your income depend on it. This educational seminar will be especially helpful to any member making sense of the complicated legal language contained in the contracts that their agents have provided them. We urge all SAG members to attend. This event will not be taped. RSVP required to agentquestion@sag.org. Please write “SAG GSA Seminar Reservation” in the subject line. Please include contact information, SAG membership number and note that you will be attending the Los Angeles seminar. Only those members who receive a confirmation e-mail will have a reserved seat. Parking will be validated. For more information, contact the Agency Department at (323) 549-6729.
 
FEBRUARY
 
Tuesday, February 1 – 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, February 2 – New member orientation, James Cagney Board Room, 1 p.m. Not just for new members! Whether you joined yesterday or have been a long-time member, come upgrade and refresh your niche in today’s ever-changing marketplace.  Learn what you have to know about self-promotion, agents, casting, residuals, what actually happens on set, and much more. Get helpful hints and cold hard facts about juggling your three hats (The Artist, The Businessperson, The Union Member) to achieve a meaningful and rewarding livelihood. For veteran members, the new resources that the Guild continually provides should be reviewed, renewed, explored. No RSVP necessary. Parking will be validated.  
 
Wednesday, February 2 – "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, February 2 – "Learn How to Create Your Own Home Voice-Over Studio," James Cagney Board Room, 7-9 p.m. RSVP to movehollywood@sag.org. Presented by Hollywood MOVE, learn about new technologies available now, get valuable tips on voice-over performance, and learn how Screen Actors Guild can help your voice-over career.

Thursday, February 10 – 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).

Thursday, February 10 – SAG Foundation LifeRaft presents "Actor Taxes," SAG Foundation Actors Center, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Mezzanine Level, 1-4 p.m. RSVP at www.sagfoundation.org.

Monday, February 14 – SAG-TAP tax assistance packets for actors available beginning today at SAG Headquarters, 7th floor reception, 5757 Wilshire Blvd. For more information, e-mail SAGTAP@sag.org.

Tuesday, February 15 – 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, February 16 – New member orientation, James Cagney Board Room, 10 a.m. Not just for new members! No RSVP necessary. Parking will be validated.

Thursday, February 17 – Join us as SAG National Executive Director David White delivers the address "Challenges & Opportunities: Actors in the Digital Age" at Town Hall Los Angeles, at Loews Santa Monica, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. White's appearance will cover new media/new platforms; copyright protection and digital theft; and promoting a viable entertainment industry in Los Angeles and beyond. Movie, television and new media fans as well as Angelenos concerned about our most well-known and widely distributed export won't want to miss this unique event. SAG members: $55 individuals; $550 table of 10. For more details and to register, click here.

Monday, February 21 – Guild offices closed in observance of the President’s Day holiday.
 
**SAVE THE DATE**

Wednesday, May 4 – Hollywood Healthcare Safetynet Committee's annual FREE health fair. Details to follow.

Sunday, July 17 – Hollywood Division Annual Membership Meeting. Details to follow. 

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.

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