In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was later sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes, the arrests sparked outrage from filmmaking communities within Iran and around the world. Prior to the release of two of the filmmakers, all six were denied access to their lawyers and families, who were forced to remain silent.
LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2011) – The Screen Actors Guild Awards® has been honored for the third consecutive year with the Environmental Media Association (EMA)’s Green Seal, recognizing a production’s outstanding efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness. The EMA Green Seal was presented for the green practices of the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® at the 21st Annual EMA Awards on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Warner Brothers Studios.
LOS ANGELES (October 5, 2011) — Screen Actors Guild applauds a decision by the World Intellectual Property Organization to convene a diplomatic conference in June 2012 to conclude an international treaty on the protection of audiovisual performances. The organization announced the decision Thursday, September 29, after approving a recommendation by WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights to begin the final phase of work.
Screen Actors Guild is pleased to announce that Executive Director, Communications, Pamela Greenwalt was elected vice president of the International Labor Communications Association Executive Council. The council is a governing board, which sets policy, direction and strategy for the organization. The election came during ILCA’s biennial convention in Seattle this past weekend.