Press Releases

Press Releases
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:12

LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2014) — SAG-AFTRA is mailing voting informational cards to approximately 137,000 members today as part of the ratification process for the recently negotiated TV/Theatrical contracts. The joint referendum requires a vote on the proposed pacts, the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement and the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Codified Basic Agreement, covering motion pictures, scripted primetime dramatic television and new media production.

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Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:30

Los Angeles (July 20, 2014) - SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of James Garner, star of the small and big screens. Garner, a recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, died Saturday at the age of 86.

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Sat, 07/12/2014 - 23:27

National Network Code Negotiating Committee Approved

Los Angeles and New York (July 12, 2014) – The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) National Board of Directors met today in a one-day videoconference plenary and overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers at midnight on July 4. With the board’s approval, the deal now goes to the union’s membership for ratification.

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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:56

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have jointly agreed to extend for a second day the current TV/Theatrical contracts, which are set to expire at midnight tonight. The extensions  will expire at midnight on July 2, 2014.

Negotiations will continue under the previously announced media blackout.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:13

SAG-AFTRA AND AMPTP EXTEND MOTION PICTURE AND
TELEVISION AGREEMENTS AND WILL
CONTINUE NEGOTIATIONS TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

 
Citing Productive Negotiations, The Parties Agree to Continue Negotiations on Successor Film and Television Agreements
Media Blackout Remains in Effect

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Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:14

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Sun, 06/15/2014 - 09:57

SAG-AFTRA remembers the tremendous Casey Kasem, a DJ and television personality whose distinctive style and influential American Top 40 program changed broadcasting.

Kasem, who joined SAG in 1966 and AFTRA in 1979, also worked as a voice actor, perhaps most famously as the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo. His American Top 40, Casey’s Top 40 and his various other spin-off shows were staples of the American music scene, as was his signature sign-off line, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:17

SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement on the death of actor, activist and SAG Life Achievement recipient Ruby Dee:

SAG-AFTRA mourns the loss of SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Ruby Dee, who died yesterday at the age of 91. The multitalented Dee distinguished herself as an actor, writer and activist and received the Life Achievement Award in 2000 with husband Ossie Davis. They were only the second husband-and-wife team to win the award, the other being Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in 1985. Dee was predeceased by Davis in 2005.

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Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:15

LOS ANGELES (May 30, 2014) --- SAG-AFTRA is pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative agreement with Entercom Communications Corporation for members at top-performing San Francisco radio station 96.5 KOIT. The agreement, which is subject to ratification, was reached after the union launched a Save Local Radio social media campaign (www.savelocalradio.org/koit) to support its members in their effort for an acceptable contract.
 

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Wed, 05/28/2014 - 15:09

California (May 28, 2014) – The California Film and Television Production Alliance – a coalition of guilds, unions, producers, small businesses, and associations that have worked together for more than a decade to promote, improve, and enhance film and television production in the State of California – today issued the following statement regarding the California State Assembly’s passage of Assembly Bill 1839 (Gatto/Bocanegra), the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act.

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Mon, 05/05/2014 - 14:55

HARRISBURG, PA (May 5, 2014) --- Rep. Tom Murt and the Pennsylvania Assembly will declare May “SAG-AFTRA Month” in the state. SAG-AFTRA is the largest union of television and film actors, radio and television broadcasters, stunt professionals, singers, sound recording artists and dancers in the country, with close to 3,000 members in Pennsylvania.

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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:13

LOS ANGELES (May 2, 2014)  -- In a joint statement issued today, SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) announced they will commence negotiations on successor agreements to the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical contracts on Monday, May 5, 2014. The talks will take place at the AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
 

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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 14:26

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 1, 2014) – SAG-AFTRA® (www.sagaftra.org), the nation's largest union for actors, broadcasters, and recording artists, today launched a new brand identity and logo, developed in partnership with global strategic branding firm Siegel+Gale (www.siegelgale.com).

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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:49

LOS ANGELES (April 17, 2014) —SAG-AFTRA announced today the appointment of a new Executive Director for its Ohio-Pittsburgh Local, Brian Lysell. Lysell officially assumed the position on Monday, April 15.

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Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:37

Conducts Other Business During Two-Day Board Plenary

LOS ANGELES (April 13, 2014) --- The SAG-AFTRA National Board, meeting this weekend in a face-to-face plenary in Los Angeles, unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming TV/Theatrical – Exhibit A negotiations. As per custom and practice, the proposal package is confidential and will not be released.

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Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:46

SAN FRANCISCO (April 5, 2014) --- SAG-AFTRA has launched a Save Local Radio campaign to support members fighting for a better contract at top-performing San Francisco radio station 96.5 KOIT.

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Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:20

LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2014) — As part of the Commercials Contracts negotiated last year between SAG-AFTRA and advertisers, all ads made under a union contract must now incorporate Ad-ID.

Ad-ID is technology that allows ads to be tracked across all media. The Web-based system generates unique identifying codes and stores standardized descriptive data that allows ads to be tracked and measured across all media. Under the agreement, the deadline for mandatory adoption of Ad-ID into union-signed commercials was March 31.

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Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:58

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2014) — In its continuing efforts to educate members about the recently released Personal Managers Code of Ethics and Conduct, SAG-AFTRA held its first bicoastal seminar on the agreement, receiving positive comments (examples below) from a capacity crowd of more than 300 members on the importance of the new code and the overall need to regulate personal managers.

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:35

Groups sponsor official SXSW music showcase, film panel, film reception and trade show booth for festival-goers and a full day of workshops for regional SAG-AFTRA actors, March 9-13

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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:02

LOS ANGELES (March 4, 2014) – Entertainment and media union SAG-AFTRA is partnering with South by Southwest (SXSW), the world’s leading music industry event, for a six-hour music showcase on March 11 featuring up-and-coming artists, including Wardell and Hudson.

SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings and SXSW present The Show at Buffalo Billiards, taking place 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on March 11 at 201 E. 6th St. in Austin, during the annual SXSW Music Festival. The event is for ages 21 and over only.

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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:12

LOS ANGELES (March 4, 2014) — SAG-AFTRA has finalized its Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct, a voluntary agreement that is designed to promote honest and ethical relationships between the union’s members and the managers they choose to represent them.

As a sign of commitment to its burgeoning relationship with the personal management community, SAG-AFTRA’s Agency Relations Department is now known as the SAG-AFTRA Professional Representatives Department.

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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:15

California (February 19, 2014) – On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy California film and television industry, we welcome the introduction of AB 1839.

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Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:18

Los Angeles, (Feb. 11, 2014) -- Shirley Temple Black, the 42nd Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement honoree, died Monday at the age of 85. Black captivated the world as no other child star has done before or since, and then went on to serve her country as an eminent diplomat over more than three decades.

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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:46

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK  (Feb. 9, 2014) – The National Board of Directors of SAG-AFTRA met in a scheduled one-day video plenary this weekend at both the James Cagney Board Room in Los Angeles and the New York Board Room in the recently opened New York office.

President Ken Howard opened the meeting in memory of the members who have passed away since the last national board meeting in September, including a special dedication to former Washington-Mid Atlantic President Kirk Penberthy who died a week ago.

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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:29

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2014) –– Yesterday, a federal court judge dismissed the remainder of a lawsuit against SAG-AFTRA filed by Ed Asner. In his order, United States District Court Judge Manuel L. Real found the court had no jurisdiction over the case because Asner has provided no evidence of the union withholding records that he or any other member of the union have access to review.

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