Press Releases 2012

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Press Releases 2012
Wed, 04/25/2012 - 13:03

LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2012) --- SAG-AFTRA, a national union of 160,000 members, sent the following advisory to its members today regarding work covering music videos and its fight for safe, fair working conditions and health care for SAG-AFTRA dancers and performers who appear in music videos.

The notice is an advisory to members of action the SAG-AFTRA National Board may take at its upcoming meeting on May 19/20, which may include a Do Not Work Notice to members.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:06

After 31 Years of Service, Kim Roberts Hedgpeth Steps Down as Co-National Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA 

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 16, 2012) --- SAG-AFTRA today announced that Kim Roberts Hedgpeth has decided to step down as SAG-AFTRA Co-National Executive Director on April 30, after 31 years of service to union performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals working in the entertainment and news media industries.

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 18:31

LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2012) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild are pleased to announce that members of both organizations have overwhelmingly voted to approve a merger, creating a new entity, SAG-AFTRA. SAG members voted 82 percent in favor of the merger. AFTRA members favored the merger with 86 percent, exceeding the 60 percent threshold needed for both unions’ membership for passage.

Thu, 03/29/2012 - 11:47

LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2012) - Screen Actors Guild fully supports its sister union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, in its efforts to organize music videos. Music videos are an area of intense production, in which members must be adequately covered by union contracts.

AFTRA and representatives from Sony, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and subsidiaries did not reach an agreement in negotiations and on March 24 the AFTRA National Board of Directors authorized its Administrative Committee to issue a “do not work” order for music videos.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 18:16

SAG and AFTRA Merger Ballots Will Be
Counted March 30 as Scheduled

Los Angeles (March 28, 2012) – Federal Judge James Otero today denied the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction in Sheen v SAG clearing the way for Screen Actors Guild’s merger referendum ballot counting to go forward as scheduled on Friday, March 30.

Sat, 03/24/2012 - 10:50

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK (March 24, 2012) — The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 recording artists, broadcasters and actors – met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York, and upon receiving a report of the music video negotiating committee, unanimously voted to authorize the AFTRA Administrative Committee (AdCom), or its successor, to issue a Do Not Work order for music videos at a time to be determined by the AdCom, or its successor.

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 15:00

LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2012) - The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild on Monday sent out ballots to approximately 131,000 members of both organizations.

The mailer included full details of the proposed SAG-AFTRA merger, including the Merger Agreement and Constitution, which were overwhelmingly approved by both unions’ national boards in January, as well as a Pension & Health/Health & Retirement Feasibility Report.

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 09:36

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 30, 2012) – AFTRA members who work in Sound Recordings have ratified a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings.

Voting by phone or Internet closed Jan. 30, with affected members voting close to 99% in favor of approving the Sound Recordings Code. The ratification is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012 and runs through Dec. 31, 2014.

Sun, 01/29/2012 - 19:33

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2012) - Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2011 at the “18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The “18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). An encore presentation was telecast on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET) / 7 p.m. (PT).

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 18:52

LOS ANGELES (January 27, 2012) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted overwhelmingly to approve and recommend a plan to merge with AFTRA. The board met in a regularly scheduled plenary meeting in the James Cagney Board Room at the Guild’s Los Angeles headquarters and voted after reviewing a merger package put forward by the SAG and AFTRA Group for One Union (G1) that includes a Merger Agreement and Constitution.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 16:58

Award-Winning Actor to Raise Awareness, Funding for Actors’ Charity

LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2011) -- The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to announce  Alec Baldwin as its first Ambassador, a new position designed to draw attention to the national non-profit organization and its ongoing work as a vital, humanitarian support system within the acting community. The announcement was made today by SAG Foundation President, JoBeth Williams.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 11:29

The following statement was issued by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), 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), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT):  

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 08:19

LOS ANGELES (January 16, 2012) -- The AFTRA and SAG Group for One Union (G1) met for nine days in Los Angeles to continue the process of creating a successor union to SAG and AFTRA. After productive discussions and reaching consensus, a Merger Package was approved by the G1 to send to the respective boards of AFTRA and SAG for approval. The SAG National Board of Directors will meet on Jan. 27 and 28 to review and vote on the package, which includes a Merger Agreement and Constitution. The AFTRA National Board of Directors will meet on Jan. 28 and, if needed, Jan.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:31

Los Angeles and New York City (January 12, 2012) — I AM PWD, a tri-union partnership to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the media, marked the end of its three-year campaign Wednesday, January 11 with a bi-coastal industry summit held via videoconference.

Sat, 01/07/2012 - 08:58

Los Angeles (January 6, 2012) -- Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement:

Earlier today the lawsuit against and its parent company was amended to identify the plaintiff by her name, Huang Hoang. Screen Actors Guild applauds the determination and courage of the plaintiff in standing up to fight the unfair and abusive practice of publishing actors’ private information online without their consent.

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 13:28

SAG Awards® will be Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT)
LOS ANGELES (January 6, 2012) – Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, stars of TNT's new series "Dallas," will be presenters at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer and Director Jeff Margolis announced today.