Philadelphia 2008:06

Philadelphia 2008:06

CELEBRATE 75 YEARS WITH FREE SYMPOSIUM

In observance of the 75th anniversary of the founding of Screen Actors Guild, the members of the Philadelphia Branch, in association with the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, invite people who love movies to participate in:

“THE ANATOMY OF A MOTION PICTURE”
What: A free symposium, moderated by CBS 3 Emmy Award-winning news anchor Larry Mendte, along with top professionals in the film business. The symposium will be followed by an optional tour of locations used in movies filmed in Philadelphia.*
When: Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Montgomery Auditorium
The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
RSVP: mfishman@sag.org or (800) SAG-0767
*The optional tour costs $35. Reservations and fee for the bus tour must be paid in advance. Buses will depart from the Free Library at 1:30 p.m. To make your reservation for the tour, contact www.TourSignUp.com.


PHILLY HAILS SAG ANNIVERSARY

By Sylvia Kauders
Philadelphia Branch Vice President

The Philadelphia Branch’s decision to mark SAG’s 75th anniversary by giving back to the community is paying off handsomely with many companies taking the opportunity to pay tribute to SAG.

On May 1, the Philadelphia Chapter of Fashion Group International staged a red carpet fashion show at the King of Prussia Mall in tribute to SAG’s anniversary. Sixteen gowns designed for stars were presented and judged. The six winners were given a $2,500 scholarship. The gowns will be modeled at the free symposium “The Anatomy of a Motion Picture” on June 21 at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

On June 19, SAG will ring the opening bell at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. The unique honor will go to invited guests President Alan Rosenberg and Secretary-Treasurer Connie Stevens. They will also participate with Philadelphia Branch President Tom McCarthy in accepting a resolution from the Philadelphia City Council at 10 a.m. Also on June 19, the crown lights on the PECO Building will light up the Philadelphia skyline and shine a “congratulations” to SAG. The lights will shine through June 22.

RECOGNITION FROM CITY COUNCIL

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Screen Actors Guild, Councilman William K. Greenlee will present a special resolution at the Philadelphia City Council meeting on June 19 at 10 a.m. at City Hall. This resolution will pay tribute to SAG and proclaim June 21, 2008, to be “SAG Founders Day” in the city of Philadelphia.

City council meetings are open to the public. Please come and witness this special recognition of the Philadelphia Branch of Screen Actors Guild.

'COMMERCIALS 101' AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

During the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Branch, members had the pleasure of special guest Keisha Blake, manager of the Commercials Department in New York. Her PowerPoint presentation was called “Commercials 101.” The workshop introduced some basics, then gave details related to contracts and paychecks, among other valuable information. Since there are often questions about upgrades, Blake also showed a commercial that demonstrated why a particular actor was upgraded from an extra to a principal role. A lively question-and-answer session followed, and attendees left the presentation more familiar with the contract and their expectations as SAG members.

MORE FROM THE COMMERCIALS DEPARTMENT: DID YOU KNOW?

B-ROLL/BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE

More often nowadays we are seeing commercial producers shoot behind-the-scenes footage. The usage for this type of footage varies: Internet, director’s reel, advertiser’s in-house reel, etc. This work is covered under the SAG Industrial & Educational Contract and should be negotiated separately from the commercial work. If behind-the-scenes footage is not negotiated at the time of booking, contact SAG immediately, and we will notify the producer that they are required to negotiate and pay for this under the Industrial & Educational Contract.

EDITING RIGHTS ON SPOTS MOVED OVER TO INTERNET OR NEW MEDIA

Under the 2006-2008 Extension Agreement, extended or unlimited editing rights on commercials originally made for broadcast or cable and subsequently moved over to the Internet or new media must be negotiated. The negotiated amount must be above and beyond the minimum 300 percent move-over fee for use in each area. As an example, a producer MAY NOT offer 300 percent for a move-over fee on a commercial that was originally made for broadcast and will now be shown on a cell phone and include five edits in that amount. Payment should be negotiated at not less than 300 percent for the cell phone use plus a separately negotiated amount for additional edits. To include additional edits as part of the use fee undercuts the contract and the union should be notified immediately. Claims for non-payment of edits will be filed against the producers on behalf of all principal performers in the spots.

Questions? Please contact the Commercials and Industrial Contracts Department:
Los Angeles — (323) 549-6858
New York — (212) 827-1454

THE ACTION IN THE PHILLY BRANCH: FILMS, CONTRACTS, LOCATIONS

Zack and Miri Make a Porno — Theatrical — Pittsburgh

The Road — Theatrical — Pittsburgh

The Shelter — Theatrical — Pittsburgh

She’s Out of My League — Theatrical — Pittsburgh

My Bloody Valentine — Theatrical — Pittsburgh

Tenure — Theatrical — Philadelphia

Transformers 2 — Theatrical — Philadelphia

Channel Zero — Short — Philadelphia

Dare — Modified Low Budget — Philadelphia

Happy Tears — Theatrical — Philadelphia

iActor: DON'T MISS OUT

iActor is the only online casting directory that features exclusively Screen Actors Guild talent and puts onsite Station 12 cast clearance at the industry’s fingertips. If you are on iActor, you can be seen 24/7 by industry professionals who are searching for talent for work in SAG-signatory productions.

As of April 8, 2008, 27.37 percent of Philadelphia branch members had at least one resume entered in iActor. Don’t put yourself at a disadvantage because you are not one of those members. Find out more at www.iactor.org. You also may call (323) 549-6451 or write to info@iactor.org.

ANNIVERSARY ITEMS NOW AVAILABLE

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of Screen Actors Guild all year long with special items from thesagshop.com. Buy a T-shirt or polo and wear it proud.

QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS NEWSLETTER?

Contact Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman at mfishman@sag.org, (800) SAG-0767 or (248) 351-2678.