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Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:12

Across from Lincoln Center in SAG-AFTRA’s New York national office, more than 150 leading figures in entertainment, labor, production, broadcasting and sound recording mingled and networked over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the union’s ninth annual Rock the City event on May 7. 

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:16

Executive Vice President and New York Local President Rebecca Damon, National Board member Christine Nagy of WLTW-FM, New York Board member Cheri Preston of ABC Radio, and SAG-AFTRA Chief Broadcast Officer Mary Cavallaro led a conversation with female broadcast members at the New York Local’s inaugural Women in New York Radio Brunch on Tuesday, March 20, at The Smith restaurant.

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:36

Great news: The New Jersey Senate has voted to pass with bipartisan support S-122, the NJ Film and Digital Tax Credit program. 

Great work to everyone who lobbied for this Bill. The next step is to have it pass the Assembly which is expected take place in the next few weeks and then on to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:29

Member Film Submission Discount: Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, Submit by March 14!

Attention Member Filmmakers! Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, quickly becoming Queens, New York's biggest independent film festival is happy to offer SAG-AFTRA members 20 percent off any film submitted via Withoutabox or Filmfreeway submission platforms with code SAGAFTRAKGFC20.

Visit www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com for film festival details and submission instructions.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:44

NEW YORK (November 7, 2017) — SAG-AFTRA and the Geena Davis Institute partnered to present Power of Portrayal: Inspiring Performances Driving Social Change, a panel led by a diverse group of performers and athletes who are paving the way to social change with their roles in film, TV, on stage and off the court.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:02

Dear Member,
In today’s world, the unthinkable seems to happen with almost numbing regularity. The latest horrific act to shake our city was a Halloween terrorist attack that took the lives of eight people. The attack may have happened on a New York street, but the true targets aren’t just the denizens of our city, but rather anyone who believes in peace, freedom and diversity. The list of dead and wounded includes people from at least three continents and from a wide range of backgrounds.

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:17

Early Office Closure: Tuesday, Oct. 17

The SAG-AFTRA New York office will close for business at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Members who have already drawn an Open Door registration card for that day will still be admitted at the time indicated on their cards. The office will be closed for all other business at that time. Additionally, the member lounge will be closed for exclusive use by the Open Door Committee all day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:16

Last Chance to Register Online for the
New York SAG-AFTRA/WGAE Film Society 2017-2018 Season

Hurry and sign up today!

Online registration for the 2017-2018 season of the New York SAG-AFTRA/WGAE Film Society will only be available through Friday, Oct. 6. Following that date, only paper applications with either checks or money orders will be accepted.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:14

Dear New York Local Member:

I am saddened to report that New York Local President Mike Hodge passed away suddenly on Saturday.  

Beyond being the elected leader of our local and a board member with 16 years of service, Mike was a towering presence in our community. He was a powerful unionist, a remarkable leader, and more than anything a great friend, colleague and mentor.

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:20

The Casting Society of America New York Diversity Committee has released a Transgender Actor Survey. As part their ongoing Diversity Initiative, members of The Casting Society of America will provide a series of FREE workshops for actors who identify as transgender. In order to develop these workshops in a manner that best serves the community, they would like to ask members a few questions about preferences. They will use the data generated from this survey to inform the planning of the workshops. 

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:14

Online class sign up for the SAG-AFTRA New York Conservatory will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5.  

To sign up for classes, please log in to your SAG-AFTRA account and follow the instructions at SAGAFTRA.org/nyconservatory.

New York Conservatory members may sign up for one class weekly. Please note the following important information regarding classes:

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:09

There are a variety of ways in which a member can serve the union. Local committee service is a great way to lend your talents, experience and knowledge of the industry to benefit the union and its members.

If you are interested in serving your union on a local committee, you are encouraged to complete the online New York Local Committee Service Request Form, where a list of the SAG-AFTRA New York Local committees is provided.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:33

Devion Malcolm, a youth from Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, got a chance to live his dream on June 6, when he toured the WNBC-NY Weather Center in New York.

Children’s Village, a residential school for at-risk youth, knew that Malcolm is interested in pursuing a career as a weatherman, so its Connections program reached out to staff at SAG-AFTRA to set up the visit with the help of meteorologist and SAG-AFTRA member Chris Cimino. Malcolm had the opportunity to tour the station, learn about how the weather center operates, and try out the green screen for himself.

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:26

Time is running out! The New York Assembly and New York Senate have UNTIL TOMORROW to vote on a post-mortem Right of Publicity bill to protect the thousands of professional performers who live and work in New York. To make sure your voice is heard, it is critical that you call today to support these bills and share our ad on social media with the hashtags #Jobs and #DigitalExploitation.

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:10

New York City Residents: Take the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Poll

As you may or may not know, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is in the process of creating its first-ever Cultural Plan for the City of New York, scheduled to be released the first week of July.

A draft of the plan was released on May 15 and the DCLA is asking for feedback from all New Yorkers. The deadline to take the poll and submit feedback is Wednesday, May 31.

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:30

On May 2, SAG-AFTRA held its annual Rock the City event, sponsored by Backstage, at its national New York office across from Lincoln Center. Hosted by the New York Local Board and the New York Host Committee, the eight-year-old event brought together the city’s entertainment and media labor organizations, production studios, broadcasters, recording artists and influencers for an evening of industry networking.  

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:02

ABC Casting Department is Now Accepting Submissions for the ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase – New York

SAG-AFTRA New York Members - Do Not Miss This Opportunity!

As part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the ABC Casting Department will hold auditions for consideration for the 39th ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase.

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:26

Register today for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, an annual weekend-long short film competition April 21-23. Entrants--with or without a disability--are given 55 hours to make a three-to-five-minute film based on an assigned genre that will showcase disability in its many forms, expand the audience’s understanding of disability today, and inspire people to join the conversation. Sign up today and join in this opportunity to bring awareness of the disability community through filmmaking and storytelling.

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:56

New York Local Office Closure, March 14

Due to impending severe weather in the area, the SAG-AFTRA New York Local will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14. All scheduled meetings and events for tomorrow are cancelled.

In the event the weather causes further office closures, members will be notified via email.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:58

NY HCSN Committee Alert: Actors Fund Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts Opens March 6!


In partnership with The Actors Fund and Mount Sinai Doctors, The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts will open its doors on March 6 as the medical care provider for the entertainment community!

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:59

Due to utility service interruptions related to yesterday's severe weather in the area, the SAG-AFTRA New York Headquarters and Local office is closed today, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 as of 2 p.m. EST.

The office is scheduled to re-open Monday, Feb. 13, unless otherwise noted.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 16:54

January 6, 2017

To: All SAG-AFTRA Members who are currently represented by, or have previously been affiliated with, B & E Talent Agency, LLC.

Please note that B&E Talent Agency, LLC. has surrendered its SAG-AFTRA franchises effective January 1, 2017, under the SAG Codified Agency Regulations Rule 16(g) and the AFTRA Regulations Rule 12-C.

The effect of the surrender is as follows:

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 14:20

Member Discount on Tickets and FREE Panel at America's Rainbow Film Festival, Dec. 20 – 22

America's Rainbow Film Festival (ARFF) is created to entertain, educate and inspire film-loving audiences of all persuasions by presenting the best of emerging local, national and international LGBT community talent. ARFF strives to enrich audiences while encouraging a sense of community by presenting international and culturally diverse films that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the LGBT experience.