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Letter to Members from SAG Secretary–Treasurer Amy Aquino

Dear Member,

These are dynamic times for Screen Actors Guild, with elected leaders and staff looking at what the organization does with a fresh eye. “Because we’ve always done it that way” isn’t a good enough reason anymore; instead, we’re examining how SAG addresses today’s realities, and asking ourselves if creativity and technology offer us a better way to use the resources that we have to benefit our members.

Letter to Members from SAG President Ken Howard

Dear Member,

The most exciting news I’ve been able to share as SAG president can be found on page 12, in the story "SAG, AFTRA Boards Vote to Move Forward with Merger." The SAG National Board voted unanimously to create a Merger Task Force, and both unions’ boards directed that a formal merger plan be completed by January 2012. If the boards approve the plan, the members of SAG and AFTRA could vote to merge our unions as early as next spring.

"Copyright violations are not protected by the First Amendment" says Constitutional Expert

Filed in: Digital Theft

Noted constitutional expert Floyd Abrams today wrote the Senate Judiciary Committee and firmly declared that there is no First Amendment right to steal creative content and distribute it on the Internet through rogue websites.

SAG Regional Branch Division Holds Annual Conference in Florida

Florida Lt. Governor Welcomes SAG Regional Branch Leaders in Orlando at Annual Conference

Florida Lt. Governor Addresses SAG Regional Branch Division Leaders

Filed in: Locals

Meeting in Orlando, Florida, for its annual Screen Actors Guild Regional Branch Conference, leaders of the Regional Branch Division were welcomed today by Jennifer Pennypacker, Orlando Film Commissioner and President of Film Florida. "It is a true honor for Orlando to be hosting the Regional Branch Division this weekend," she said. "We are grateful for the role Screen Actors Guild plays in establishing and sustaining the local industry."

Temporary New York Division Office Closure Tuesday, May 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Filed in: Member Alert

Please note that the New York Division Screen Actors Guild office will be temporarily closed from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, due to an all-staff meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you.

Celebrities Swing into Action for Charity During 2nd Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic on June 13

“Actors Fore Actors” Golf Tournament Hosted by Criminal Minds’ Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson

Draws Hollywood Stars to El Caballero Country Club for A Round of Golf to Benefit the
SAG Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund

SAG Applauds City, State Action on Unlawful Background Fees

Screen Actors Guild today voiced its support for actions by the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney and the State labor commissioner, which are cracking down on unlawful fees charged by background casting businesses.

In all, cease-and-desist letters were sent to 14 background casting companies on Wednesday, warning that requiring actors to pay a fee for access to work is a violation of California labor law. L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich sent the letters to background casting companies operating in the city, with the goal of achieving industry-wide compliance.