Press Releases 2009

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Press Releases 2009
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 12:19

16th Annual SAG® Awards Ceremony will be Simulcast on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), 7 p.m. (CT) and 6 p.m. (MT), Preceded by “TNT-PEOPLE Magazine Present the Screen Actors Guild Awards® Red Carpet Show” at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT)

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 10:51

Online Casting Database Now Simpler and Faster for Both Actors and Entertainment Industry

Los Angeles (December 18, 2009)
— Screen Actors Guild announced today new enhancements to its iActor online casting database ( The new features enable actors to create profiles that reflect their talents more accurately than ever. The upgrades also make talent searches more focused and easier, a significant benefit for casting agents, producers, new media developers and others needing to cast their projects.

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 09:07

Los Angeles (December 18, 2009) – SAG National Executive Director David White was honored today with the Labor and Personal Representation Award by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel.

He was formally recognized with the honor at AMEC’s annual Counsel of the Year luncheon. The ceremony took place at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 06:24

Los Angeles, California (Dec. 17, 2009)-Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 07:14

Sam Moore, Charles Osgood to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 16, 2009) --- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) — a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcast journalists working in the entertainment and news media — announced today the recipients of the AFTRA Foundation’s 2010 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards (The AMEES).

Tue, 12/15/2009 - 17:01

Los Angeles (December 11, 2009) - Michelle Monaghan, who starred opposite Tom Cruise in blockbuster "Mission: Impossible III," and "NCIS: Los Angeles" star Chris O'Donnell will join Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard to announce the nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 10:17

Los Angeles (December 4, 2009) — Screen Actors Guild Foundation President and SAG National Board member JoBeth Williams, SAG National President Ken Howard and SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino announced today the upcoming LifeRaft Live Stream Program of career-focused seminars for Screen Actors Guild members. Click here for video announcement.

Wed, 12/02/2009 - 07:16

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 2, 2009) --- AFTRA National Director for News and Broadcast Debra Osofsky participated Wednesday in a panel discussion sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.

Osofsky spoke on a panel of experts focusing on how the Internet has affected journalism at the two-day journalism conference titled, "From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?"

Tue, 12/01/2009 - 09:58

Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild announced today that Washington-Baltimore Branch member Sheldon Smith will receive the 2nd Annual Howard Keel Award for his tireless contributions to the Guild. Smith joined SAG in Detroit in 1968 and will receive his honor at the Regional Branch Division's annual board meeting this spring.

Fri, 11/20/2009 - 15:20

Los Angeles (November 20, 2009) – Pamm Fair, who joined the Screen Actors Guild staff in 2002 and served as a deputy national executive director, is resigning from the organization effective December 31, 2009. No immediate replacement will be named to her position and Fair remains on staff through the end of the year to transition responsibilities. 

Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard said, “On behalf of the Guild, I want to thank Pamm for her contributions and service to SAG members and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 07:41

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2009) --- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) – a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcast journalists working in the entertainment and news media – announced today that AFTRA members have ratified a new AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement with video game employers. The members of AFTRA's Interactive Media Steering Committee, and the AFTRA National Board of Directors previously recommended the new contract for approval.

Wed, 11/11/2009 - 12:07

(November 11, 2009) Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to five actors who have received one of the highest honors any film performer can achieve: the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.  TCM’s four-film presentation will take place in primetime Friday, Jan. 22, the night before sister networks TNT and TBS present a live simulcast of the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®.

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 16:59

Los Angeles (November 9, 2009) - The AFL-CIO elected Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard to its Executive Council today during its scheduled meeting in Washington D.C. Howard, whose Executive Council term runs until the summer of 2013, fills a seat vacated by former Guild National President Alan Rosenberg, who had served on the Federation’s Council for three years before stepping down. Howard will concentrate on issues that affect the Guild, the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, professional employees and the entertainment and media industries.

Sun, 11/08/2009 - 07:43

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 8, 2009) --- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) released the following statement today from President Roberta Reardon and National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth on the passing of J. Nicholas Counter, longtime president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP):

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 14:40

We applaud your efforts to expand affordable health care coverage to more Americans and to reform the health insurance industry.  The progress that has been made thus far is the direct result of your hard work and the perseverance of you and your colleagues.  Your collective efforts have brought us closer to real reform than any other major effort of the past 50 years.

Wed, 10/28/2009 - 17:44

Study Shows Television Audiences Would Grow with More English-Language Programming Dubbed by Spanish-Speaking Actors

Los Angeles (October 28, 2009) - More Hispanics would watch English-language programming dubbed into Spanish if more were available and easier to find, according to the 2009 Hispanic Consumer Survey on SAP commissioned by Screen Actors Guild, which reveals the viewing habits of Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States and the use of Secondary Audio Programming (SAP).

According to the survey results:

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 16:49

Los Angeles - The Hollywood Disabilities Forum, held on October 24 at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, served as a high-visibility reminder that people with disabilities are a significant part of our society – as much as 20 percent of the U.S. population by some estimates – yet people with disabilities remain “virtually invisible” in media portrayals on screen and stage.

Sat, 10/24/2009 - 09:29

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK (October 24, 2009)—The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), a national union of more than more 70,000 performers, journalists, broadcasters, recording artists and other talent working in the entertainment and news media, met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York.

Thu, 10/22/2009 - 16:48

LOS ANGELES – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today released the following statement:

Wed, 10/21/2009 - 12:55

Screen Actors Guild, Assistant Majority Leader Krekorian and Deputy L.A. City Attorney Mark Lambert Announce Passage of Consumer Protection Legislation

Los Angeles (October 21, 2009)
- Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank), flanked by children, their families, Screen Actors Guild executives, law enforcement and others, announced the passage of legislation to protect young actors from scams that could save families millions of dollars.