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Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:53

Two Miami staff members were recognized for their years of service during the nationwide staff meeting held via video conference on Feb 22. Regional Director of Contracts and Operations Leslie Krenski was recognized for 35 years of service and Miami Membership Coordinator Eileen Neel for 25 years. Both of them began their careers with the union under legacy SAG. Congratulations Leslie and Eileen!

Photo: From left, Leslie Krenski, Herta Suarez, Eileen Neel

 

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:02

Miami Presidents Day Picnic a Success

More than 100 SAG-AFTRA members and guests enjoyed a beautiful day at Greynolds Park on Feb 19. Members, staff, guests, family and friends, along with three franchised agents, mingled and participated in the fun. Good food — grilled on site — and an amazing group of musicians and singers made up of members and friends entertained the crowd and added to the festive atmosphere. The music group is considering playing at the annual membership meeting.

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:18

Members of the Miami Local and guests gathered on Jan. 21 for the viewing of the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Dave and Buster’s in Hollywood, Florida. The event opened with a reception prior to the awards ceremony, where members mixed with franchised agents and casting directors, and was followed by a dinner buffet. The excitement generated by the awards show continued during the commercial breaks with the trivia questions that were related to the nominees. The winners of the trivia contest went home with great SAG-AFTRA and SAG Awards prizes.

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:09

The 2017 membership meeting was held in Miami on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Dave and Buster’s. Prior to the gathering, members mingled and networked and enjoyed food and drinks at a members’ mixer.  

A little more than a month later, the local held an informational meeting in Orlando on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at the Sheraton in Maitland. Prior to it, members gathered at the An Tobar bar and had a great time socializing. 

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:20

Dear Florida Members,

The Miami Local Legislative Committee is getting ready for the possibility of engaging in lobbying efforts to support the production industry during the 2018 Florida legislative session. You are invited to be active during this process. Tamara Jones is the new 2017-2019 Legislative Committee Chair. 

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:30

Dear Miami Local members,

The following local committees were approved and chairs were appointed at the board’s December meeting. Please consider volunteering to serve on any of these committees at this time. You may also volunteer for more than one committee. SAG-AFTRA will notify you if you are selected for any of the committees you choose. 

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:15

Hurricane Relief Fund

Your SAG-AFTRA family hopes all members and their families are safe and their homes remain intact following the recent hurricane. However, for those members who have been affected by the severe weather, SAG-AFTRA partners are offering emergency assistance to help in this time of need.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:24

Dear Member,

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have taken a tragic toll throughout the Gulf Coast affecting hundreds of thousands of people including members of our SAG-AFTRA family.

And like family, it is imperative to support each other in times of need. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund have set up a fund to help members impacted by the storms.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:24

Miami Local Office Closed Tuesday, Sept. 12

Due to flooding and power restoration delays as a result of Tropical Storm Irma, SAG-AFTRA’s Miami Local office will remain closed on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Further information will be forthcoming should the Miami Local be unable to reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
 

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 16:20

Due to Hurricane Irma’s pending arrival to the South Florida region (and recently announced closures of all municipal and schools in Dade County), SAG-AFTRA’s Miami Local office will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8.

Further information will be forthcoming should the Miami Local be unable to reopen on Monday, Sept. 11.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:49

On March 9, SAG-AFTRA joined community leaders and Telemundo performers to celebrate the victory of their organizing campaign. The campaign concluded with election results of 91–21 in favor of being represented by SAG-AFTRA. This victory is a historic and critical step in ending the double standard that has existed for decades between Spanish-speaking performers who work at Telemundo and performers that work on English-language programing at NBC, which owns Telemundo.

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:44

The SAG-AFTRA Miami Local is again offering training sessions to SAG-AFTRA members who wish to learn how to operate a camera, as well as how to edit auditions and send them to agents and casting directors. We are scheduling these training sessions twice a month for members to choose the day that works best for them. For details, click here

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:37

Herta Suarez 

By Herta Suarez

The amazing success of the NLRB election, in which Telemundo performers voted to be represented by SAG-AFTRA, is one of the union’s most impressive achievements since merger — and it took place right here in the Miami Local. With 81 percent of those who voted casting their ballots to be represented by SAG-AFTRA, we have entered for the first time into the world of Spanish-language television at the scale of a major television network.

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:01

On March 18 and 19, the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory was visited by Sean Pratt (SAG-AFTRA/AEA), a working actor for three decades. Pratt was a company member of the Pearl Theatre, an off-Broadway classical repertory theater, and he has appeared in motion pictures and television shows. For the past 21 years, Pratt has also recorded more than 900 audiobooks in just about every genre but he didn’t just fall into it.

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:51

On April 1, Central Florida members knocked down some pins at the first-ever bowling party in the Miami Local. Admission was free to members and included appetizers. Most everyone bowled, but some members in attendance came just to hang out with their fellow members and have a good time. 

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:48

On April 19, SAG-AFTRA business representatives Karen Espinosa and Jessica Vazquez held a presentation and Q&A session for Florida International University law students. the event was hosted by Associate Professor of Law J. Osei Tutu and the vice president of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Society, Ashley Mapp.

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 17:03

Jimmie Fadden of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band — a Miami Local member — made an impromptu visit to the Miami Local office and greeted staff there. 

The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recently celebrated its 50 anniversary. NGDB members Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen celebrated their golden anniversary by doing a non-stop tour together. 

Often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music, the band continues to add to their legendary status. 

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:49

BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), a signature literacy program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, is looking for union performers to become volunteer readers for children in Title I public elementary school classrooms.

You can inspire a lifelong love of reading in children! Click here to watch a short video about the BookPALS program. 

BookPALS volunteers must be:

• SAG-AFTRA or Actors’ Equity Association union members.

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:03

Miami Local Productions

The Miami Local Production Report is a list of active and potential productions to be shot within Florida, Puerto Rico and Alabama under SAG-AFTRA contracts.

The list is updated on a regular basis and is posted in the Miami Local webpage for the benefit of Miami Local members. Review the list on a weekly basis to take advantage of local work opportunities.

Always confirm with the office at (305) 670-7677 that the production is signed to a SAG-AFTRA contract before accepting employment.