Press Releases 2004

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Press Releases
Fri, 07/02/2004 - 23:01

Blood industry officials made a plea this week for blood donations, citing the "current high risk of a life-threatening" shortage in many parts of the country, including the Midwest and Southern California. On that urgent note, it’s time for another Screen Actors Guild blood drive. Please consider scheduling an appointment to make a life saving gift (guidelines for blood donations are listed below).

All members nationwide are invited to take part in the SAG Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry.

Fri, 07/02/2004 - 22:58

The SAG Health Plan is pleased to announce a new premium payment option that will eliminate the worry of missing a payment and risking the loss of eligibility. The new Auto Debit Plan deducts your quarterly premium automatically on a recurring basis each quarter from your checking or savings account (excludes credit cards). Payments are deducted on the 25th of each month prior to the due date. For example, a payment due on July 1 is deducted on July 25.

Thu, 06/24/2004 - 22:51

Los Angeles (June 24, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert today released the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals to block Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to dangerously expand the number of television and radio stations that can be owned by a single media company in one market:

Mon, 06/21/2004 - 22:48

Los Angeles (June 21, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today passed a resolution voicing its strong support for Actors’ Equity in their ongoing negotiations with producers.

“We support our sister union Actors’ Equity in these critical contract talks,” said SAG President Melissa Gilbert. “The 120,000 members of Screen Actors Guild stand squarely behind Equity in solidarity, and we hope they will reach a fair, equitable contract this week."

Fri, 06/18/2004 - 22:46

The latest issue of Screen Actor Magazine has shipped to mailboxes of all SAG members.

Featured in this issue:

"Remembering President Reagan: The SAG Years"

"SAG Looks to Organize Spanish Language Productions" (includes a survey for

"Global Rule One Celebrates Year 2"

"An Interview with Edward James Olmos"

"Low Budget Agreements Made Simple"

"Art Mimics Life and Andy Serkis"

and much more...

Fri, 06/18/2004 - 22:41

June 18, 2004---Working in conjunction with a coalition vigorously opposed to anti-runaway production, the Florida branch of Screen Actors Guild played a prominent role in the passage of two important initiatives that benefit the Florida film industry. With the support of fellow industry labor unions, Film Florida and the state’s Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, SAG secured $2.4 million for the funding of the film production incentive legislation passed in 2003.

Wed, 06/16/2004 - 22:38

Los Angeles (June 2, 2004) –Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) today issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) to several companies involved in the electronic monitoring of television commercials and program content.

Wed, 06/09/2004 - 22:32

Voting Results

Los Angeles (June 1, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that the dues proposal overwhelmingly endorsed by the National Board this past April has failed by a narrow 51.88% to 48.12% margin in a referendum vote, with 36 percent of eligible SAG members casting ballots. The final tally was certified this evening by Washington state-based Integrity Voting Systems.

Sat, 06/05/2004 - 22:26

Ronald Reagan got his start in politics at Screen Actors Guild (SAG), leading the union during a period in which it tackled many of the same issues confronting working actors today – including runaway production, fair compensation, and unity in an increasingly complex industry. In the upcoming issue of SAG’s quarterly Screen Actor magazine, Guild historian Valerie Yaros details Reagan’s legacy, beginning with his Guild involvement in the 1940s through his service as SAG president from 1947-1952 and again from 1959-1960.

Tue, 06/01/2004 - 20:15

Now all SAG-AFTRA registered members can enjoy the convenience of paying dues online by credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard only), or personal bank account. Your current bill and a complete dues history will be available for viewing online, along with important information about your bill.

Generous members who support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation each year (by adding a donation to their billing statement) will still have this option.

Thu, 05/27/2004 - 20:08

Los Angeles (May 27, 2004) – U.S. District Court Federal Judge John F. Walter today threw out all discrimination and retaliation claims brought by former SAG employee Patricia Heisser Metoyer against Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and its current executive John McGuire and former executive Leonard Chassman.

Sun, 05/16/2004 - 20:05

Los Angeles (May 17, 2004) – Citing social and cultural concerns as well as artists’ rights, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Australia’s Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the two leading organizations representing working actors in the United States and Australia, today jointly called on the U.S. Congress and Australian Parliament to reject the recently negotiated U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Thu, 05/06/2004 - 19:56

May 5, 2004

Dear SAG Member:

Screen Actors Guild must bargain and enforce contracts from a position of strength. Our power comes from you, as professional performers whose services our employers rely on to produce motion pictures, television programs and commercials. But SAG must also be fiscally strong and positioned to finance anything required to protect members, including organizing new jurisdictions, negotiating and enforcing contracts, and in a worst-case scenario, funding a strike.

Tue, 04/13/2004 - 19:47

Submission Instructions:

As part of Screen Actors Guild and ABC Entertainment Television Group’s ongoing effort to discover and nurture a new and diverse pool of creative talent, and in keeping with SAG’s efforts to provide access for our members who have historically been underrepresented in the industry, Screen Actors Guild’s Affirmative Action / Diversity Department is pleased to partner with ABC Entertainment Television Group in their Talent Showcase series. The next showcase is scheduled to be held in New York City in October, 2004.

Fri, 04/09/2004 - 19:43

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held three weeks earlier next year -- on Saturday, February 5 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

The show will be televised on Turner Network Television (for the eighth consecutive year) and produced by Jeff Margolis Prods. in association with SAG.

The SAG Awards is the only show where the award recipients are selected solely by actors. The ceremonies will honor performances from 2004 in five film and eight TV categories, including ensemble awards.

Mon, 03/29/2004 - 18:19
Los Angeles --- SAG members learned more about their union’s latest resources and had their questions answered at Sunday’s Hollywood branch membership meeting at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills. Those in attendance heard reports on runaway production and background performers (how to file a claim) as well as an in-depth presentation on identity theft by specialist Jay Foley (founder of the Identity Theft Center). The recent TV/Theatrical Contract Extension, which passed overwhelmingly on March 18, was also discussed.
Fri, 03/26/2004 - 18:17

After a concentrated lobbying campaign led by Screen Actors Guild, NY Gov. George Pataki signed the Child Performers Education and Trust Act of 2003. This law will provide safeguards for a child’s wages and ensure education standards for thousands of children working in New York’s entertainment industry.