New Media Producers Can Now Sign SAG With Online Application

New Media Producers Can Now Sign SAG With Online Application

Screen Actors Guild Production Center Offers Online Resources to Ease Signatory Process

Los Angeles (April 28, 2011) — Screen Actors Guild has unveiled its new online signatory application, allowing new media producers, for the first time, the opportunity to sign SAG online.

The new Screen Actors Guild Production Center at SAG.org is a one-stop resource for producers looking to work with the industry’s best acting talent.  Along with the online signatory application, producers can also find FAQs, sample contracts and downloadable, fillable forms.

“We know that new media producers work on a fast turnaround,” said SAG National Executive Director David White, “and for producers who use our new online application, we will be able to get their project cleared even faster.”

New media producers who participated in the beta test of the online signatory application found the process clear and easy.

Allison Allain, producer of the new media project My Mother Never…, was the first to have her online application approved. “I did not know how easy this was going to be,” she said. “I thought it was going to be way more work.”

The online application “was really easy to follow for somebody who’s never done it before,” she added. By signing SAG, Allain was able to hire Guild members for her project and has recommended using the Production Center’s online application to other new media producers. “I’ve been asking everybody, ‘Have you tried it?’ I’ve already told 10 or 12 people about it.”

“It was phenomenal. I wasn’t expecting it to be that fast at all,” said producer Rachel Rath, who signed online for her new media project Masters of the House. “If I hadn’t gone through the process, I wouldn’t have the talented cast I have now.”

“We understand that new media producers often operate with little time or production staff, so we're constantly striving to simplify our processes to make it as easy as possible for them to hire our members,” said Mark Friedlander, SAG national director of new media. “The online signatory process is our biggest leap yet in that direction, and it's our hope that this innovative tool will make going SAG as easy as doing anything else online.”

The new SCREEN ACTORS GUILD PRODUCTION CENTER offers:

  • Online signatory application for New Media, Student, Short, Ultra Low Budget and Industrial-Educational projects (public beta now available)
  • Step-by-step signatory process tutorials
  • Rate sheets, sample performer contracts and FAQs
  • Direct access to SAG’s Locate an Actor database and Station 12 cast clearance
  • Videos by and for producers to assist in the signatory process
  • Easy-to-locate fillable forms that can be downloaded as needed or together in one complete zipped file
  • Live helpdesk assistance during normal business hours

Producers who visit SAG.org/ProductionCenter today could be on their way to shooting their project tomorrow.

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About SAG
Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.

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Contact: Pamela Greenwalt                         
SAG, Communications Executive Director
(323) 549-6872                     
pgreenwalt@sag.org