WHO: Hosts Scott Bakula, Ray Romano, Andre Braugher (cast of TNT’s Men of a Certain Age) and participating celebrities including Tim Allen, Dave Annable, Ben Bailey, Bailey Chase, Eric Close, Dick Cook, Matt Craven, Kevin Dobson, Andy Garcia, Willie Gault, Carmine Giovinazzo, Paul Michael Glaser, Shawn Hatosy, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Ironside, Richard Karn, Hal Landon, C.S.
Music, Movie, and Television Creators Embrace New Business Models, but Cite Growing Threat to Jobs from Copyright Theft
Washington, DC (March 24, 2010) – A wide coalition representing American movie, television and music industry and labor groups today urged the Federal Government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect the jobs and wages lost because of content theft.
(March 24, 2010) — The following letter was delivered to President Obama and other members of his administration urging global intellectual property protection in the digital environment. Signers of the letter included SAG, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, MPAA, RIAA, AFM and other entertainment organizations.
President Barack Obama
The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Los Angeles and New York, (March 13, 2010) - Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today approved 78 percent to 22 percent a joint bargaining agreement with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for the negotiation of successor agreements for the contracts covering theatrical motion pictures and primetime dramatic television. The AFTRA National Board of Directors previously approved joint bargaining at its meeting February 27, 2010.
The motion was approved and reads:
Orlando (March 2, 2010) – SAG National President and AFL-CIO Executive Council member Ken Howard delivered a statement in support of the AFL-CIO's resolution on piracy today at the AFL-CIO Winter Meeting. Following a passionate speech by IATSE President Matthew Loeb and joined by AFTRA President Roberta Reardon, Howard spoke to the assembled labor leaders about the threat posed by illegal downloads, pirated CDs and DVDs and other modes of entertainment product copyright theft.
Here’s what President Howard had to say: