Press Releases 2008

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Press Releases
Wed, 02/13/2008 - 15:19
Writers Guild of America members last night voted 92.5% in favor of ending the strike which began November 5. We anticipate that production will be starting up almost immediately and SAG members will be receiving work calls. There will be no WGA picket lines, so you can feel comfortable returning to work. If you have any questions about returning to work or other issues, please contact Screen Actors Guild’s television contracts department at 323-549-6835.

Mon, 01/21/2008 - 07:30
Los Angeles (January 21, 2008) — Doug Allen, Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, today released the following statement:

“It is up to the board and membership of the Directors Guild of America to determine if their tentative agreement with the AMPTP is acceptable. That decision will not determine what will be satisfactory for the leadership and membership of the Screen Actors Guild. Each guild must act in the best interests of its own membership.

Thu, 01/17/2008 - 15:01

Los Angeles (January 17, 2008) — Doug Allen, National Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild released the following statement:

We are interested in thoroughly reviewing and carefully analyzing the terms of the DGA’s tentative agreement with the AMPTP. Thus far, all we have is a press release. We look forward to seeing more specifics.Now is the time for the AMPTP to return to the bargaining table they left, and negotiate a new deal with the WGA that provides for fair compensation for writers.

Fri, 01/11/2008 - 15:30
Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of Screen Actors Guild member and activist Johnny Grant, who was a leader in the clean up and redevelopment of Hollywood and a proponent of professional actors.

Grant died Wednesday, January 9. He was 84.

The charismatic Grant was best known in recent years as the "mayor of Hollywood." He chaired the Hollywood Historic Trust, which is responsible for the stars that actors receive on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fri, 01/11/2008 - 11:30
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today:

We wish the DGA well and hope that they achieve a fair deal that incorporates principles that will benefit all creative artists. The DGA has to do what is best for its membership, but it is important to remember that they do not represent actors and writers.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) represent writers in the motion picture,
Thu, 01/10/2008 - 11:30

Screen Actors Guild stands in solidarity with its members who will appear on the Dateline Golden Globes special this Sunday. SAG members have remained loyal to their union and have refused to cross WGA picket lines when not contractually obligated to work, and have walked many picket lines. SAG television and motion picture stars have publicly expressed their steadfast support for striking writers since the strike began in November.

Fri, 01/04/2008 - 11:23
Los Angeles (January 4, 2008) — “After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters. We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers.

Wed, 01/02/2008 - 11:03

Los Angeles (January 2, 2008) — “Screen Actors Guild is continuing its outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees. Unless and until there is an agreement between the WGA and HFPA, we will advise our members of their rights with respect to not crossing WGA picket lines and/or not appearing on programs using non-union writers. Screen Actors Guild is holding a meeting with Golden Globe actor nominees later this week regarding these issues.