As we close out the books for SAG’s 2010-11 fiscal year, I’m pleased to report that the Guild continues on a steady and stable trend, with some very positive developments. SAG once again received a very clean audit, with just two minor notes relating to shifts in accounting practices. While the National Board budgeted a deficit, it was half that of the previous year, and the Guild beat it by a substantial amount.
There was other good news: SAG has collected very significant money for members from producers who fail to live up to their responsibilities. With the help of law student interns receiving credits, SAG in-house attorneys are aggressively foreclosing on films on which residuals or other payments have not been made. Once in our possession, SAG itself sells the rights to them, so members can get what they are due. Also encouraging is the fact that the number of new members joining SAG is holding steady nationally, with an uptick in those with lapsed membership coming back to the fold.